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. Who does Gerry ask to build him a boat so he can visit the archipelago?

2. Who is Old Plop?

3. At the snow-white villa, what does Gerry get on intimate terms with?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why are the Durrells having a party in Part 3?

3. How does Gerry describe the Chessboard Fields?

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

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

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

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

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

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 two ways did Peter teach Gerry English?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Gerry places great significance in the family assisting him in christening all the creatures he brings home with a name. Why is it important to Gerry to have the family help name his animals, especially when they rarely agree on anything?

Essay Topic 3

The Rose-Beetle Man was a very interesting character to Gerry. What was the tone in the beginning of Part I: Chapter 3, The Rose-Beetle Man with the introduction of his character? What was the tone set by the Gerry the last time he saw the Rose-Beetle Man? How does the tone differ, and how is this difference conveyed?

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