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. How does George introduce Theodore to Gerry?

2. What does Gerry take, for his collection, from one of the tortoises?

3. What does Theodore offer to show Gerry at tea on Thursday?

4. How do Gerry and George win points in their game in the bay?

5. How is the August weather in England described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who instigates the move to Corfu and why?

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

3. How did Spiro act as the Durrell family's caretaker?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Gerry places great significance in the family assisting him in christening all the creatures he brings home with a name. Why is it important to Gerry to have the family help name his animals, especially when they rarely agree on anything?

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