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

2. Who is the first person to pick Cal/Callie up when s/he begins hitchhiking?

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

4. Why do Tessie, Milton and Callie travel to New York City?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of Middlesex, the narrator (Cal) tells the reader that the purpose for telling this story is to record the family history that led to his hermaphroditism. ("And so before it's too late I want to get it down for good: this roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time.") Do you believe that this is the only reason for writing this story? Why or why not? What are some other reasons why Cal chooses to write this story?Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your viewpoint.

Essay Topic 2

Middlesex is a first person narrative written from the point of view of Cal. Discuss how this fact influences the story? What biases does Cal bring to the story? How would the nove be different if another character was telling the story? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides juxtaposes scenes from the past with the narrator's present life in Berlin. Select one of the chapters where he does this and:

1) Describe the past and present scenes presented in the chapter.

2) Discuss the relationship between the two scenes. What do the two scenes have to do with each other? Why does Eugenides choose to place these two scenes from different time periods within the same chapter?

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