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 does Johnny point to in Tabitha's room that Owen may have mistaken for something else?

2. Which boy always ends up having to kiss "Hester the Molester"?

3. How does Owen typically respond when Johnny comes home from visiting his cousins?

4. What unusual stuffed animal is Dan Needham's gift to Johnny?

5. What does Owen claim God has taken from him to make him God's instrument?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Meany family make a living?

2. Explain the situation that Johnny will later describe as his sexual awakening.

3. Who is Dan Needham, and what does he look like?

4. Briefly explain this quote: "God has taken your mother. My hands were the instrument. God has taken my hands. I am God's instrument."

5. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

6. Why do Owen and Mr. Morrison have a conversation?

7. Describe Johnny's cousins.

8. What was the conflict that Dan and Tabitha encountered when they were planning their wedding ceremony?

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

10. What is the response from Johnny's family after Tabitha's funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Even though Hester, Owen, and Johnny have a very tight friendship, there are moments when they all begin to doubt each other. In an essay, explain why the boys (either together or individually) doubted some of the decisions that Hester was making. Why did Johnny and Hester (either together or as individuals) doubt some of the decisions that Owen was making? What is the importance of those doubts in the novel? How had their friendships managed to overcome the doubt?

Essay Topic 3

Johnny's stuffed armadillo becomes a symbol for the relationship that Owen and Johnny have with each other. In an essay, compare/contrast what the armadillo means to both Johnny and Owen as individuals. What do they use it for? How the physical changes in the armadillo represent the changes that happen in the boys' relationship. How the armadillo comes into play with the fruition of Owen's destiny? How does the symbol of the armadillo return?

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