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. What is wrong with the furniture in the villa?

2. What does Roger do with the pebbles Gerry found in the sand?

3. What hobby does Margo take up after settling into the villa?

4. What is the name of Gerry's tortoise?

5. What is the villa called that Spiro shows the family in Part I: Chapter 1, The Unsuspected Isle?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Durrell family breakfast play out?

2. How does it come about that George becomes Gerry's tutor?

3. Was Mother's request to be shown a villa with a bathroom unreasonable?

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

5. How did Larry attempt to help his family regain their pose, after it was shattered by Roger and the pack of dogs?

6. How did George get Gerry interested in history?

7. In the spring, what is the first amazing event Gerry witnesses on Tortoise Hill?

8. Gerald's original intent for his book was an account of the natural history on the island of Corfu. Why did that change?

9. Why does Gerry have difficulties with mathematical problems?

10. How does Gerry come to the conclusion to visit Yani after his swim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Gerry is very descriptive of seasons, people, events, and places on Corfu. Why do you think he chose such elaborate detail for his book? Do you think this helps the reader get a better picture of what is going on? Do you think the description is distracting to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

While on Corfu, the Durrell family lived in three different villas. Explain the differences in each villa by comparing the home, gardens, and countryside of each. In theory, which was Gerry's favorite villa and why?

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