My Family and Other Animals Test | Final 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 many baby magpies does Gerry take from the nest?

2. In Part II: Chapter 11, The Enchanted Archipelago, what addition is made to the Sea Cow?

3. What languages do the magenpies learn to speak?

4. How is the Durrell family described on the train back to England?

5. What is wrong with Theodore's friend's house when another floor is added?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mr. Kralefsky's tall tales of saving ladies from danger get him two broken ribs?

2. How are Dodo and Margo alike?

3. What intriguing creature did Gerry find in the crumbling wall, and why did this upset Larry?

4. What battle between a gecko and mantis takes place in Gerry's room? What is the outcome?

5. 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?

6. The moon did not shine the night of Mother's inaugural swim. What lit up the night in the air and in the water?

7. At the end of Part III: Chapter 13, The Snow-White Villa, why does Theodore ponder the idea of having the toads swallow swords?

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

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

10. How does Gerry describe the Chessboard Fields?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Chaos often ensues in the Durrell family, such as that caused by Gerry's animals, or the fire in Larry's room. Would you theorize that on some level they enjoy the chaos? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Mother oftentimes let the children argue amongst themselves until the words became harsh and mean. What does this say about her mothering style? How was it effective or not? If not, how do you think it would have been best to handle Larry, Leslie, Margo, and Gerry? Cite examples.

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