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. What does the mother, whose son is killed in the Vietnam war, say about those who protest the war?

2. What does Rev. Merrill say is the essence of true faith?

3. How does Owen typically respond when Johnny comes home from visiting his cousins?

4. Why is it impossible for any pitcher to strike Owen out playing baseball?

5. Whose ancestor founded the town in which the novel takes place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Owen predict when he and Johnny are down by the Squamscott River?

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

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

9. Why do Owen and Mr. Morrison have a conversation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amputation becomes a large theme throughout the novel. Compare/contrast the amputation of the armadillo and the amputation of Johnny's hands. What is similar about them? What is the difference? What is the significance of the two amputations?

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

The entire novel was working toward the idea of Owen's destiny. He had been aware of his purpose from the very beginning. In an essay, explain what Owen Meany's destiny was, and the ways that he worked toward achieving it. How was Johnny Wheelwright a major part of Owen Meany's destiny? Did the ending give you a sense of satisfaction? Why or why not? Did you feel that John Irving was leading you steadily down one path - toward Owen's destiny - or did the ending come out of nowhere? Why?

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