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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/what does Owen think that the nuns torture?
2. What unusual article of clothing is Owen wearing when Johnny arrives?
3. Who dies on the evening of the Christmas performance?
4. How does Barb Wiggins tease Owen Meany?
5. What happens when Barb Wiggins loses control of the angel during the Christmas pageant?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Tabitha tell the boys about her red dress?
2. How does Owen react to the nuns at the academy?
3. What does Owen look like when he is 16?
4. What does Tabitha's old singing teacher tell the boys?
5. What has Owen done to prepare the amputation blade?
6. As an adult, what is Johnny discussing with Canon Mackie?
7. What is ironic of Johnny's job as an adult?
8. How do the boys start their trip to Boston?
9. What does the letter that Johnny receives from the draft board say?
10. What happens to the boys' grades once they get to the University?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Both Owen and Johnny had a tough eleventh year. In an essay, compare/contrast the characters of Owen and Johnny. How are they the same? How are they different? How are their family lives? How has family history affected each of the boys? Finally, explain the ways that the difficulties the boys experienced affected their friendship, and why you think the outcome was, or was not, expected.
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.
This section contains 700 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)