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 is Octopussy's Garden?

2. How does Milton die?

3. What is Cal's motivation for attending the Warhol exhibit opening in Berlin?

4. Why does Chapter Eleven become interested in current events and politics?

5. Which book is the only one that Milton and Tessie complete during their quest to complete the Great Books series?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Milton attempt to down play Callie's condition when telling her about the course of treatment?

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

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.

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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