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. What is the name given to Gerry's boat?

2. From what union does Dodo bear a puppy?

3. When returning to the villa with his horn blaring, what does Spiro have with him for the party?

4. Where does Geronimo live?

5. Aside from the sirocco, what impedes Margo's return from the island where she seeks solitude?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Mr. Kralefsky's mother believes flowers can talk and have personality. How does Gerry respond to this idea?

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

5. How are Dodo and Margo alike?

6. How does Gerry describe the Chessboard Fields?

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

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

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

10. What is Margo's reaction to Peter having to leave the island because they are getting too close?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerry's education, or lack thereof, is almost a constant consideration of Mother's and the family. Throughout the book, Gerry has several tutors, George, the Belgian consul, Peter, and Mr. Kralefsky. Compare and contrast their methods of trying to tutor Gerry. How did Gerry teach them?

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

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.

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