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 do the homeless men beat Cal?

2. Which of Callie's physical changes most annoys Tessie?

3. What leads Milton to believe that the man calling him has kidnapped Callie?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Secrets play a major role in Middlesex. Discuss and analyze three secrets in the novel by:

1) Describing what is being kept a secret and why.

2) The impact of the secrets on the characters and plot of the story.

3) The commentary that the author is trying to make about secrets based on these examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout Middlesex, the setting of the story changes several times. Select one of the settings of the story: Turkey in the early 1900's, Detroit in the 1920's, Detroit/Grosse Point in the 1960's or Berlin in modern day.

1) Describe what happens in the story while the story is set in location and time period

2) Discuss the influence of the setting (place and time) on the story

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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