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. After the funeral, who walks with Johnny to his mother's grave?

2. What is Owen's murder weapon?

3. What is Johnny's mother's name?

4. Which sport is Owen passionate about?

5. Who does the person praying at the grave believe is speaking to them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the audience see Johnny Wheelwright reading, as an adult, in Canada, and how does Johnny react?

4. Why does Owen's family switch to the Episcopalian church?

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

6. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?

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

8. How does Owen apologize to Johnny?

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

10. How does the Meany family make a living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Owen is surely the most confident character in the book, a characteristic that might not have been expected by the reader. In an essay, explain the symbolism of the armadillo throughout the story. Where and when does it appear? Does it's symbolism every change? Consider what the armadillo means to both Johnny and Owen as individuals. What do they use it for?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While exploring the dorm rooms at Gravesend, the boys are initiated into the worlds of puberty and sexuality. Compare and contrast the boys' expectations of puberty with what they actually experience. Why might John Irving have included sexuality as a major theme within his novel?

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