A Prayer for Owen Meany Test | Final 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 event in Johnny's life does he feel still stuck in?

2. What is it about Owen that fascinates the person from Tabitha's past?

3. What is Owen unable to do in military training?

4. Who asks Johnny to reevaluate his future, saying that he doesn't have much time?

5. Why did Tabitha claim she could not return the item she purchased back to Jerrolds?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reaction to Mrs. Wheelwright's new television?

2. As an adult, what does Johnny overhear his friend Katherine Keener's husband saying about him?

3. What happens when Johnny goes to meet Owen at the monument shop?

4. What happens to the boys' grades once they get to the University?

5. What is ironic of Johnny's job as an adult?

6. What significant events happen when Randall White is elected headmaster?

7. What has Owen done to prepare the amputation blade?

8. What goes wrong during the Christmas pageant?

9. What does Tabitha's old singing teacher tell the boys?

10. As an adult, what is Johnny discussing with Canon Mackie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both pride and confidence come into play in the novel, and both have serious consequences to events within the novel. In an essay, explain the difference between pride and confidence. What effects do each characteristic typically have in situations?How does pride irrevocably changed the outcome of both Christmas productions. Finally, choose one character in the novel and explain why you would consider him or her prideful over confident. How has that pride affected this character's life? What has come of this character's pride?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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