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. Who does Owen claim will have to step in if God does not make Johnny's father known to him?

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

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

4. What color is Owen's father's truck?

5. What year is it when the two boys begin at the University?

Short Essay Questions

1. What goes wrong during the Christmas pageant?

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

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

4. What chilling event happens after Owen believes he has seen his own death?

5. What is Owen's favorite skill in basketball, and how does he accomplish it?

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

7. What happens with Owen's collegiate schooling after he is kicked out of Gravesend Academy?

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

9. What does Owen look like when he is 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Throughout the novel, Owen takes charge of many characters' lives. This role of leadership is a very important aspect in his life. In an essay, discuss three events in which Owen takes a leadership role, or controls another character's actions. Select another character in the novel and explain how Owen's need for control has affected their relationship. Finally, compare and contrast Owen's physicality with his personality. Why might the need to control be such an important aspect of character?

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