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. Between which two characters' homes does Johnny decide to divide his time?

2. As an adult, what does Johnny think will hold human's responsible for their actions?

3. How is Johnny's mother described?

4. How is Owen referred to in the text?

5. When the Brinker-Smiths enter the room that Owen and Johnny are investigating, where does Owen hide?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Johnny Wheelwright's mother die?

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

3. How does Owen typically play baseball?

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

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

6. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

7. Describe Johnny's cousins.

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

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

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

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, both Owen and Johnny battle with the ideas of personal histories and family histories defining them. Compare/contrast the family histories that both boys know of themselves when they are 11. Explain the ways that both boys knowledge of themselves has changed by the end of the novel. Which boy was most affected by the knowledge - or lack thereof - of both his personal and family history? What evidence from the text supports this claim?

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