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 medical condition does Dr. Philobosian diagnose Desdemona with?

2. What does Callie do to try to get to know the Obscure Object better?

3. What is Cal/Callie's initial impression of Ben Scheer?

4. What concerns Dr. Luce most about Callie's disappearance?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the circumstances leading to Callie's injury.

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

4. Why does Callie not discover her hermaphroditism in this chapter?

5. What does Callie notice in Miss Grotowski's math class that makes her question her own physical development?

6. Describe the circumstances that lead Milton to cancel the Stephanides family's trip to Turkey.

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

8. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

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

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

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

Friendships with females are important to Cal/Calliope's journey towards self-discovery. Select two of the following females that the narrator befriends: Julie Kikuchi, Clementine Stark, the Obscure Object , Zora. Discuss:

1) Cal/Calliope's relationship with each woman.

2) The impact of this relationship on her view of herself.

3) Compare the two relationships. How are they different? How are they the same? Which has a greater influence on the person that Cal/Calliope becomes?

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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