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 does the Object's father do while driving Callie to the family's summer home in Petoskey?

2. What hormone does Callie's body not produce because of her 5-alpha-reductase deficiency?

3. Why does the man who claims to have Callie want Milton to negotiate a ransom price with him?

4. What does Cal/Callie say the hardest adjustment is that s/he has to make in choosing to live as a man?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dr. Luce's office.

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Callie name her love interest "the Obscure Object"?

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

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

10. Describe Meg Zemka's personality.

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

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?

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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