Middlesex Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a reason why Callie is concerned about her upcoming appointment with Dr. Bauer?

2. How does Callie's physical development compare to that of the other girls in her sixth grade class?

3. How does Tessie react to Cal when he returns home?

4. How does Bob Presto know that Cal/Callie is not a college student?

5. Why do Tessie, Milton and Callie travel to New York City?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the series of drivers who pick Cal/Callie up while s/he is hitch hiking.

2. What masculine traits does Callie begin showing in this chapter?

3. What does Desdemona reveal to Cal when he returns home?

4. Compare and contrast Milton's and Chapter Eleven's views on the Vietnam War.

5. How does Milton react to his impending death after running his car off of the bridge?

6. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

7. Why does Cal decide not to go to Milton's funeral?

8. How does Tessie react to the fight that Milton has with the men during Sunday dinner?

9. Describe the Baker-Inglis English class production of Antigone.

10. Why does Father Mike pretend to be Callie's kidnapper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides juxtaposes scenes from the past with the narrator's present life in Berlin. Select one of the chapters where he does this and:

1) Describe the past and present scenes presented in the chapter.

2) Discuss the relationship between the two scenes. What do the two scenes have to do with each other? Why does Eugenides choose to place these two scenes from different time periods within the same chapter?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Middlesex, the setting of the story changes several times. Select one of the settings of the story: Turkey in the early 1900's, Detroit in the 1920's, Detroit/Grosse Point in the 1960's or Berlin in modern day.

1) Describe what happens in the story while the story is set in location and time period

2) Discuss the influence of the setting (place and time) on the story

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the events that lead Calliope to decide to live her life as Cal. Then comment on his/her decision. Did s/he make the right decision? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were in the same situation?

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