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

2. What do Zora and Cal have in common?

3. What does Jerome accuse Callie and the Object of being?

4. How does Callie's physical development compare to that of the other girls in her sixth grade class?

5. What does Callie attribute the changes in Chapter Eleven to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the connection between the mulberry tree outside of Middlesex and the silk industry?

3. Why does Callie have sex with Jerome?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dr. Luce's study of Cal/Calliope not only explains his/her medical condition, but also causes him/her to make the decision to change genders.

1) Describe Dr. Luce's conclusions about Cal/Calliope's medical condition. What is his diagnosis? What does he propose as a course of treatment?

2) Analyze the accuracy of Dr. Luce's conclusions. Did he correctly diagnose Cal/Calliope? Why or why not? Was his course of treatment appropriate? Why or why not?

3) Discuss how Cal/Calliope's life would have been different if s/he had continued to work with Dr. Luce and had followed his course of treatment.

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

Essay Topic 3

Friendships with females are important to Cal/Calliope's journey towards self-discovery. Select two of the following females that the narrator befriends: Julie Kikuchi, Clementine Stark, the Obscure Object , Zora. Discuss:

1) Cal/Calliope's relationship with each woman.

2) The impact of this relationship on her view of herself.

3) Compare the two relationships. How are they different? How are they the same? Which has a greater influence on the person that Cal/Calliope becomes?

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

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