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. What sort of business does Bob Presto own and run?

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

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

4. Who does the Object develop a crush on that upsets Callie?

5. How do Tessie and Milton react to the ER doctor's diagnosis of Callie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Milton's and Tessie's thoughts about Cal's hermaphroditism after she disappears

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

3. Describe the changes in Chapter Eleven that Callie notices when he returns home from his freshman year at college.

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

5. Describe Dr. Luce's office.

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

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

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

9. How do Milton and Chapter Eleven attempt to "bury the hatchet" when Chapter Eleven returns home to support his parents following Callie's disappearance?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sexual taboos are central to the story lines in Middlesex. Discuss how the author uses forbidden romance and sexual secrets in the novel. What is the impact of these taboos on the story? What is the author trying to say about our beliefs about sexuality? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes Middlesex explores is "nature vs. nurture". Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides weaves actual events from history (Turkish and American) into his fictional story. Select one of the situations where he places his characters within a real historical context and:

1) Describe the historical context of the scene or chapter (i.e. What actually happened in history that Eugenides uses in the book?).

2) Discuss the relationship between the historical context and the fictional story of the Stephanides family. What does this piece of history have to do with the family's life? Why does Eugenides choose to place these characters at this particular point in the story in this particular historical context?

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