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 names Gerry's pigeon?

2. What illness does Margo suffer from in the English weather?

3. Where does Gerry settle into and spend his days at the villa?

4. What is wrong with the furniture in the villa?

5. While still on the boat, approaching Corfu, what does Gerry hear?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gerry have difficulties with mathematical problems?

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

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

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

5. How does Gerry describe the weather in England during August?

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

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

8. How do the islanders see Spiro?

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

10. How does the Durrell family breakfast play out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Part II: Chapter 7, The Daffodil-Yellow Villa, Gerry watches two couples of swallows building nests and feeding their young. Compare and contrast the swallow's fathering behaviors to that of a human father.

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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