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. When Spring came, Larry purchases a guitar and a large barrel of strong red wine. What kind of songs does he play?

2. What is the name of the family dog?

3. What is interesting about Quasimodo?

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

5. What does Larry say his mother is starting to look like in Part I: Prologue, The Migration?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it say about Larry's character that he has invited friends to stay at the villa when there is not enough room, and he does not tell Mother until they are almost there?

2. What does the introduction of Dodo say about Mother's character?

3. What is the final event, revisited oppositely, that Spiro helps the family with?

4. In Part II: Conversation, how does Gerry describe the arrival of spring?

5. The Belgian consul exterminated emaciated cats as a humane act of kindness. What does Gerry think about this?

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

7. How does Gerry describe the Chessboard Fields?

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

9. How do the islanders see Spiro?

10. Gerry's magpies, or magenpies, are from the crow tribe of birds. How do they live up to the crow tribe stereo type in the Durrell family house, especially in Larry's room?

Essay 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

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 3

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.

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