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

2. How does the Object act towards Callie the morning after the hunting lodge visit?

3. What is Cal's friend Matt an expert on?

4. Who are the Charm Bracelets?

5. Where do Rex and Jerome take Callie and the Object while they are vacationing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Zora Khyber.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By presenting a main character who is both male and female, Jeffrey Eugenides encourages readers to question generally held beliefs about gender identity. What is the author trying to say about gender? Is it based on biology, culture or both? Do you agree or disagree with his viewpoint? Why? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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