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. Who is Mr. Brinker-Smith?

2. Where did Ms. Wheelwright meet her new boyfriend?

3. What must Owen endure from his fellow classmates?

4. When Ms. Wheelwright makes the announcement that she has good news, what does her family assume?

5. How does Johnny respond to Owen's request to meet his cousins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

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

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

9. Describe Johnny's cousins.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Owen and Johnny is a complicated one. In an essay, argue whether you believe Owen controlled the relationship selfishly, or whether he had Johnny's best interests in mind. What statement does John Irving seem to be making about friendship through Owen and Johnny's relationship? Be sure to support your theory with examples from the text.

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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