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 does Jerome accuse Callie and the Object of being?

2. Why does Cal finally call home?

3. Who is Meg Zemka?

4. What does Callie do to try to remove the memory of having sex with Jerome?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Zora Khyber.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes in Middlesex is the American Dream. Discuss how the American Dream is used in this novel and what it says about the attainability of the dream. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes Middlesex explores is "nature vs. nurture". Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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