The Prince of Tides Test | Mid-Book 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 Tom leave in the Newbury house while they are out of town?

2. What does Dr. Lowenstein's husband do for a living?

3. Tom's story is set against the backdrop of which war?

4. How does Luke respond to the tiger's presence?

5. According to Tom, which character seems to be the most caring person in the children's lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tom agree to help find Luke?

2. What feelings do the townspeople have toward Amos?

3. How does Dr. Lowenstein perceive Lila in Chapter Six?

4. What does Tom admit is even worse than the story of his family's attack?

5. What is curious about Tolitha and Amos having Henry for a son?

6. How does Tom ironically avenge Herbert's rude behavior?

7. In conclusion to his conversation with Dr. Lowenstein, what does Tom decide to do?

8. Why doesn't Lila want the children to tell their father about the man called "Callanwolde"?

9. What is the topic of Savannah's poetry?

10. How does Tom explain the recording of Savannah's psychotic seizure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trace the use and significance of religion in the novel. Write a thematic essay in which you develop the author's attitude or reason for using religion in his story. Be sure to discuss at least two specific moments when religion plays an explicit part in the novel to develop your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Animals and nature have a special significance and meaning in the novel. Choose one of the following animals and discuss its significance throughout the novel. Be sure to discuss any possible symbolism or figurative meaning this animal might hold in the text; i.e. its representation of a larger idea or its relevance to one or more of the characters.

A.) Caesar, the tiger.

B.) Papa John's Black widow spiders.

C.) Snow, the albino porpoise.

Essay Topic 3

Geographical settings carry a special significance in the novel. In fact, the narrative frequently alternates between the South and New York City. Compare and contrast these two settings. What significance do each of them hold in the story? Why does Conroy choose to alternate between the two?

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