My Family and Other Animals Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gerald Durrell
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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 Larry liken the Durrell family's entry to?

2. What is the villa called that Spiro shows the family in Part I: Chapter 1, The Unsuspected Isle?

3. Where does Spiro live, and learn English, while in America?

4. How is Spiro known by the people on the island?

5. While still on the boat, approaching Corfu, what does Gerry hear?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gerry come to the conclusion to visit Yani after his swim?

2. Why is the Rose-Beetle Man described as one of the most weird and fascinating characters Gerry met?

3. How do the islanders see Spiro?

4. How does the Durrell family breakfast play out?

5. What mishap occurred, in front of the Greek King, at the stage show of Battle of Thermopylae?

6. How did spring affect Mother, when left undisturbed by Larry? What affect did this have on Larry?

7. How was the health of the Durrell family in Part I: Prologue, The Migration?

8. How did Gerry and Mother's opinions regarding the pace for eating breakfast differ?

9. How were Lugaretzia and her husband like the Daffodil-Yellow Villa, and why were they there?

10. What was Theodore's opinion about life on Mars?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Durrell family children were young when the arrived on the island of Corfu, Larry was twenty-three, Leslie nineteen, Margo eighteen, and Gerry ten. Five years later they left the island bound for England. How were the children portrayed at the beginning of the book? At the end? Explain their character growth, if any over the five year span on Corfu.

Essay Topic 2

While on Corfu, the Durrell family lived in three different villas. Explain the differences in each villa by comparing the home, gardens, and countryside of each. In theory, which was Gerry's favorite villa and why?

Essay Topic 3

Gerry is very descriptive of seasons, people, events, and places on Corfu. Why do you think he chose such elaborate detail for his book? Do you think this helps the reader get a better picture of what is going on? Do you think the description is distracting to the reader?

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