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 is the tale of the cypress trees?

2. What is Mother doing at the onset of Larry's attack about England's climate and the family's illnesses?

3. When Spring came, Larry purchases a guitar and a large barrel of strong red wine. What kind of songs does he play?

4. What special day is it when Spiro drives Gerry, Mother, and Margo to town to buy furniture?

5. Where does the Durrell family stay their first night on Corfu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Durrell family breakfast play out?

2. How did Gerry compress five years into one book?

3. In the garden, Gerry finds an earwig's nest, and posts a sign for passers by to beware and keep quiet. What words were spelled correctly on the sign, and why is that significant to his character?

4. What bonding event do Gerry and Leslie share? Why do you think this is appealing to Gerry?

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

6. In the spring, what is the first amazing event Gerry witnesses on Tortoise Hill?

7. How does Gerry describe the Daffodil-Yellow Villa?

8. How are the trapdoor spiders and Dr. Theodore Stephanides two significant finds for Gerry?

9. What did Gerry think about his family's contribution to the book?

10. How does Gerry describe the Strawberry-Pink Villa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Durrell family children, although siblings, are all very unique in their own ways. Select two of the Durrell children and compare and contrast their characteristics. For example, what affect has Mother's parenting played in their attitudes?

Essay Topic 2

Gerry's education, or lack thereof, is almost a constant consideration of Mother's and the family. Throughout the book, Gerry has several tutors, George, the Belgian consul, Peter, and Mr. Kralefsky. Compare and contrast their methods of trying to tutor Gerry. How did Gerry teach them?

Essay Topic 3

One theme throughout the book is that of discovery. Every chapter is filled with numerous natural history finds by Gerry, whether they be in the garden, countryside, or at Theodore's home. From chapter to chapter, each discovery seems more exciting than the next. Explain the series and succession of Gerry's natural history discoveries and how they exemplify the theme of discovery.

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