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 course of treatment does Dr. Luce recommend for Callie?

2. Why do all of the Sunday dinner guests except for Father Mike and Zoe stop coming to Middlesex?

3. What does Callie notice about herself when she sees herself in the mirror for the first time after having her hair cut?

4. Why does Tessie take Callie to the Golden Fleece salon?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dynamics of Zoe's and Father Mike's relationship.

2. What steps does Callie take in this chapter to physically transform herself into Cal?

3. What is the connection between the mulberry tree outside of Middlesex and the silk industry?

4. What do all of the women working at Sixty-Niners have in common?

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

6. Describe the series of medical examinations that leads to Callie being referred to Dr. Luce.

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

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

9. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

10. What information does Callie get about her condition when she meets with Dr. Luce?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in Middlesex is "you can't stop the inevitable". Discuss how Eugenides demonstrates this theme in the novel. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

The influence of parents on children is a recurring topic in Middlesex. Select two of the following pairs and discuss the relationship between the parent and child. Focus your discussion on the ways the the parent does or does not influence the child's development (physical, emotional, social and intellectual). Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

1) Desdemona and Milton

2) Tessie and Calliope

3) Milton and Chapter Eleven

4) Lefty and Milton

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between tradition and the modernity in Middlesex. How does the author represent the traditional and the modern in the story? How do the two interact with each other? What is the impact of modernity on tradition? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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