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. Which of the following characters dies during the storm?

2. Where do Tom and Dr. Lowenstein go the night after their initial meeting?

3. Bernard finally takes to calling Tom ______________.

4. What does Tom recount as his reason for punching Todd Newbury?

5. Why are Tom and Luke awakened in the middle of the night while visiting Savannah in New York in Chapter Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

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

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

4. What is one of the benefits of Tom's extraordinary childhood?

5. Why does Tom feel the fallow deer are out of place in the Central Park Zoo?

6. How does the scene in the funeral parlor contrast with the rest of the Wingo childhood?

7. What does Luke pray for before his father leaves for Korea?

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

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

10. How does Lila feel about Henry's profession as a shrimper?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Located off the coast of South Carolina, Melrose Island is the backdrop for much of Tom's story. Discuss the significance of this primary setting in the novel. What importance does it hold for the various characters in the novel? What larger ideas does Melrose Island represent? Be sure to develop your response with explicit and implicit evidence from the text.

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