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 does Mrs. Wheelwright (Johnny's grandmother) decide to purchase after the two major deaths of the year?

2. Who does Owen say that he saves in his dream?

3. As an adult, what board was Johnny running for re-election in?

4. For which holiday does Owen have a 10-day leave?

5. What is Hester protesting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What habit has Hester taken up, and how does it affect her life?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who is Katherine Keeling?

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

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

10. What goes wrong during the Christmas pageant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Organized religion plays a major role throughout the novel, creating both conflict and resolution. Choose one of the questions below as the focus for your essay, and support your answers with examples from the text.

1) Compare/contrast the upbringing that both Owen and Johnny had with organized religion. How did their upbringings affect how they acted, and how they viewed the differently situations they encountered throughout the novel?

2) Explore at least three major events in the novel where religious conflict is introduced. What is the significance of that conflict? How is religion used at that those points? Is religion used effectively to get a message across?

3) As an adult, Johnny wavers on whether he believes in religion. What events lead him toward religion, and what events have led him away?

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

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?

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