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. Why is Leslie's bath impeded in Part 3, Chapter 18?

2. In Part II: Conversation, where does the family spend most of its time eating, sleeping, reading, and/or arguing?

3. Why do the Durrells decide to move back to England?

4. How does winter come to the island of Corfu?

5. What are the Chessboard Fields named after?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Dodo and Margo alike?

2. Why was Gerry initially suspicious when his family told him his new tutor, Mr. Kralefsky, was interested in birds?

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

4. How did Gerry apply psychology to get his family on board with the idea of him getting a boat for his birthday?

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

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

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

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

9. What event causes the eldest Durrell children for once to agree? What do they agree on?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On the second morning at the Strawberry-Pink Villa, Larry is disturbed by a donkey braying. He requires someone, besides himself, to remedy the problem. When Leslie asks why they should handle it when it is not bothering them, Larry calls the family selfish, and blames Mother for bringing them up that way. Do you agree with Larry's assessment of the family? Why or why not? Do you agree that it is Mother's fault? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, the Durrell family argues over much, but only once do they agree on something. What is it that they agree on, and what is the significance of this event to the family and the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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