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. Which sport is Owen passionate about?

2. What product does the Meany family produce with the return from the quarry?

3. In which country does Johnny live as an adult?

4. What must Owen endure from his fellow classmates?

5. What does Dan think is the ultimate message that Owen was trying to send with the stuffed animal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Owen described physically?

2. How does Johnny Wheelwright's mother die?

3. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

4. What does Owen think he sees when he enters Tabitha's bedroom?

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

6. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

7. What happens when Owen meets Johnny's cousins?

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

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

10. How does Owen apologize to Johnny?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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