A Prayer for Owen Meany Test | 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. How does Johnny respond to Owen's request to meet his cousins?

2. Who lets Owen's Christmas responsibilities slip to his parents?

3. Fill in the blank: Owen says that "_____ makes people crazy."

4. What role has Owen played every year in the Christmas pageant and swears that he will never play again?

5. What part of Johnny's stuffed animal did Owen remove?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Owen described physically?

3. What is significant about Johnny Wheelwright's family?

4. How do the boys start their trip to Boston?

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

6. What does the letter that Johnny receives from the draft board say?

7. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

8. What chilling event happens after Owen believes he has seen his own death?

9. How do the other Sunday school students treat Owen?

10. What is the reaction to Mrs. Wheelwright's new television?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the novel, John Irving chooses to present the reader with both the childhood version and the adult version of Johnny. Compare/contrast the presented characteristics of both the child and adult versions of Johnny. What events in the novel may have contributed to the man that Johnny Wheelwright grows to become. What evidence do you see to back up this theory? What reasons do you think John Irving has for interrupting the childhood stories of Johnny with the moments of Johnny as an adult. What messages is he trying to send? What is added to the story by seeing Johnny as an adult?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Owen takes charge of many characters' lives. This role of leadership is a very important aspect in his life. In an essay, discuss three events in which Owen takes a leadership role, or controls another character's actions. Select another character in the novel and explain how Owen's need for control has affected their relationship. Finally, compare and contrast Owen's physicality with his personality. Why might the need to control be such an important aspect of character?

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