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. Where do the students typically lock Owen?

2. In what has Dan Needham wrapped Johnny's present?

3. Who is the rector of the Episcopal church?

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

5. What does Owen leave on Johnny's porch in an attempt at an apology?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

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

3. Describe Johnny's cousins.

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

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

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

7. How does the Meany family make a living?

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

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

10. What changes does Owen make to the Christmas pageant once he becomes the director?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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