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

Gerald Durrell
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Mid-Book 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. Where does Gerry settle into and spend his days at the villa?

2. Who, out of the Durrell family, does Spiro adore the most?

3. Gerald's mother receives a shipment of two pelicans, a scarlet ibis, a vulture, and eight monkeys. Which one gives her trouble?

4. What is Larry's suggestion when Mother tells him they cannot fit the number of guests he has invited in their house?

5. What kind of transportation do the Durrell's use to get to town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Yani's scorpion in the bottle of olive oil?

2. What two ways did Peter teach Gerry English?

3. Why does Larry go snipe hunting?

4. Why was Yani one of the people Gerry liked best?

5. What is Margo's reaction to Peter having to leave the island because they are getting too close?

6. Why does Gerry have difficulties with mathematical problems?

7. Why was Gerry initially suspicious when his family told him his new tutor, Mr. Kralefsky, was interested in birds?

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

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

10. How does Gerry describe his first glimpse and sounds of Corfu and its waters?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Rose-Beetle Man was a very interesting character to Gerry. What was the tone in the beginning of Part I: Chapter 3, The Rose-Beetle Man with the introduction of his character? What was the tone set by the Gerry the last time he saw the Rose-Beetle Man? How does the tone differ, and how is this difference conveyed?

Essay Topic 3

Dr. Theodore Stephanides is socially awkward, especially with greeting people and then parting ways. Discuss your theory as to why he has this social awkwardness.

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