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. In Chapter Five, what job is given to the Wingo children when they go to live with Papa John?

2. What is the name of Tom's sister?

3. What does Tom really think of Bernard?

4. How does Lila react to the turkey donated by the Colleton League?

5. How many children do Tom and his wife have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the fury of the storm echo the plight of Lila Wingo?

3. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

4. Why does Tom punch Todd Newbury, and what does this reveal or suggest about Tom?

5. How do the Wingo children get revenge on the Newburys?

6. Why does Tom feel Grandma Tolitha returns to Grandpa Wingo?

7. What does the story of Lila's quest to win the Colleton League cookbook contest reveal about her character?

8. What does the robbery that Luke witnesses in New York show us about the city?

9. How does the death of Rose Ann reveal the nature of the Wingo parents?

10. How does Lila react to Henry's buying a tiger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Epilogue of the novel, Tom is seen to repeat the name "Lowenstein." Similarly, Savannah was heard to repeat words and phrases during her time of extreme mental suffering. Do you think Tom Wingo has found the happiness and fulfillment that he seemed to be lacking in the opening of the novel? Or has he merely sacrificed his own peace and joy for the sake of family?

Write a persuasive essay in which you share your ideas on this subject. Be sure to justify your assertions with specific and relevant evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The essence of any drama, especially the Wingo family drama, is conflict. Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss the major conflicts and obstacles he or she seeks to overcome throughout the novel. Does he or she succeed? What is the prevailing conflict in his or her path to healing? How does the struggle and tension produced by this conflict change this character?

A.) Tom.

B.) Luke.

C.) Savannah.

D.) Lila.

E.) Susan.

F.) Henry.

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