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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In which city did Johnny's mother meet his father?

2. How does Johnny swear he will die?

3. How are Johnny's cousins described?

4. What is Johnny's initial reaction to his gift from Dan Needham?

5. How many pastors were present at the wedding of Dan and Tabitha?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tabitha's old singing teacher tell the boys?

2. What happens when Owen, as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, takes Scrooge to his grave?

3. Who is Katherine Keeling?

4. What does Johnny see when he travels to Tabitha's grave for the first time?

5. What does Owen predict when he and Johnny are down by the Squamscott River?

6. What changes does Owen make to the Christmas pageant once he becomes the director?

7. What significant events happen when Randall White is elected headmaster?

8. What happens to Hester in her adulthood?

9. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

10. What happens when Johnny goes to meet Owen at the monument shop?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are many characters who feel somehow responsible for the death of Tabitha Wheelwright. In an essay, briefly explain the reasons behind both Owen and Reverend Merrill's belief of their responsibility. What prompted each of them to believe in his responsibility? How has this affected his life?

Next, argue why the responsibility for her death should lie somewhere else. This argument should clearly and succinctly prove why neither Reverend Merrill or Owen is responsible. Use support from the text to prove your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Amputation becomes a large theme throughout the novel. Compare/contrast the amputation of the armadillo and the amputation of Johnny's hands. What is similar about them? What is the difference? What is the significance of the two amputations?

Essay Topic 3

While exploring the dorm rooms at Gravesend, the boys are initiated into the worlds of puberty and sexuality. Compare and contrast the boys' expectations of puberty with what they actually experience. Why might John Irving have included sexuality as a major theme within his novel?

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