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 does Owen attempt to convince to keep his role in Dan Needham's play?

2. In which city did Johnny's mother meet his father?

3. What is the name of the town in which this novel takes place?

4. What happens when Owen and Hester are wrestling?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Johnny and Owen are investigating empty dorm rooms at Gravesend over the Christmas holiday?

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

3. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

4. How does the Meany family make a living?

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

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

7. How does Owen typically play baseball?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Both Owen and Reverend Merrill played a large part in cementing the religious faith of Johnny who vacillated on religion through most of the novel. In an essay, compare/contrast the religious faiths of Owen and Reverend Merrill. Consider how much trickery comes into play in regards to the faith of characters in the novel. What message do you think John Irving was attempting to state in the novel? How do both Owen and Reverend Merrill's views on faith affected Johnny's views? Which had a larger impact on his faith? What changes did each character prompt in his beliefs?

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