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. What happens to the house of the mother whose son is killed in the Vietnam war?

2. What is heard in the background of Ms. Wheelwright's funeral?

3. Who is Lydia?

4. What does Rev. Merrill say is the essence of true faith?

5. How does Owen respond to the news that his parents are aware of his Christmas responsibilities?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Owen typically play baseball?

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

3. How do the Meanys find out about Owen's Christmas responsibilities, and what is their response?

4. How does Owen apologize to Johnny?

5. What happens when Johnny and Owen are investigating empty dorm rooms at Gravesend over the Christmas holiday?

6. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

7. What is Owen's view of Tabitha's dressmaking dummy?

8. How is Owen described physically?

9. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

10. Describe Johnny's cousins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Both pride and confidence come into play in the novel, and both have serious consequences to events within the novel. In an essay, explain the difference between pride and confidence. What effects do each characteristic typically have in situations?How does pride irrevocably changed the outcome of both Christmas productions. Finally, choose one character in the novel and explain why you would consider him or her prideful over confident. How has that pride affected this character's life? What has come of this character's pride?

Essay Topic 3

Owen Meany's faith that he is an instrument of God makes up a large part of his character. Choose two characters in the novel and compare/contrast their views on whether or not Owen was an instrument of God. How does Owen's history and beliefs affect their views of him?

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