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

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 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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