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. Who explores the countryside with Gerry?

2. Why does Margo kiss the saint's feet?

3. Who does Larry blame for his siblings being selfish?

4. Why does Gerry's mother insist he explain she is a widow?

5. Who teaches Gerry some of the most beautiful and haunting peasant songs?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What was Larry's attitude upon reaching the island of Corfu?

6. How does the Durrell family breakfast play out?

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

8. When George instituted outdoor lessons, what game did he and Gerry play in the bay, and how did this further his learning?

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

10. Who instigates the move to Corfu and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spiro had a belligerent side and a loveable one too. The taxi drivers and customs officials felt his wrath, while the Durrell family only received his love and kindness. Compare and contrast these too very different sides of Spiro.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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