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 Cal's friend Matt an expert on?

2. What is Callie's first step in her physical transformation into a boy?

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

4. What does Chapter Eleven announce he plans on majoring in after his freshman year of college?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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 Desdemona reveal to Cal when he returns home?

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

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

6. Why does Father Mike pretend to be Callie's kidnapper?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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.

(see the answer keys)

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