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 do the boys throw at the statue of Mary Magdalene?

2. When Owen sees his parents in the audience, what does he shout from the stage?

3. What did Tabitha purchase from the store in Boston called Jerrolds?

4. As a teenager, what sport is Owen's new obsession?

5. How do Hester and Johnny respond to Owen's transfer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Owen hope to do upon graduation from the University, and why?

2. What happens when Owen, as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, takes Scrooge to his grave?

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

4. What does the letter that Johnny receives from the draft board say?

5. Who is Katherine Keeling?

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

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

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

9. What does Johnny think he sees when he is peering out at the audience from backstage during the Christmas pageant?

10. How does Barb Wiggin treat Owen, and what is his reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The novel takes places in a very important moment of American history. The Vietnam War becomes both a machine to progress the story as well as a catalyst for the behaviors of many characters. Why might John Irving have decided to set the novel in this time period? Was the war used as a machine to progress the story, or was there a deeper symbolic meaning to the time setting? Support your theory with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

There are many characters who feel somehow responsible for the death of Tabitha Wheelwright. In an essay, briefly explain the reasons behind both Owen and Reverend Merrill's belief of their responsibility. What prompted each of them to believe in his responsibility? How has this affected his life?

Next, argue why the responsibility for her death should lie somewhere else. This argument should clearly and succinctly prove why neither Reverend Merrill or Owen is responsible. Use support from the text to prove your argument.

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