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. In which country does Johnny live as an adult?

2. How is Dan Needham described?

3. What does Owen present to Dan and Tabitha as a wedding gift?

4. Who is Ginger in relation to Mr. Brinker-Smith?

5. Which sport is Owen passionate about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Owen's family switch to the Episcopalian church?

2. What does Owen mean when he tells Dan Needham that his play is lacking a "certain presence"?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Johnny react to Owen's baseball card apology?

8. Why does Owen react so strongly to Johnny's opinion of his mother's death?

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

10. How does Owen typically play baseball?

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

Hester Eastman plays the role of an important romantic interest for both Johnny and Owen. In an essay, compare/contrast young Hester Eastman with the adolescent Hester Eastman. What characteristics did the boys find attractive about her at both ages? How would you describe the relationships that Johnny and Owen had with Hester? How were they the same? How were they different? Which relationship seemed to make more sense? Even though there were deeply unhealthy behaviors in both, which relationship could you have seen lasting longer? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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