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. After producing a letter from Lila, how does Dr. Lowenstein view Tom's mother?

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

3. What does Tom say that Grandmother Tolitha did immediately following Papa John's death?

4. How do Savannah and Tom feel about their father during their teenage years?

5. How does the principal feel about Tom beating up Todd?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the Prologue present the father of the Wingo children?

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

6. How does the phone call contrast with the idyllic opening of Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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 1906, George Santayana penned the famous line, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (from "The Life of Reason"). Does Conroy's novel support or refute this assertion?

Write a critical lens essay in which you interpret Santayana's quote, agree or disagree with the quotation as you have interpreted it, and provide evidence in the form of specific literary techniques from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the dramatic irony of Dr. Lowenstein's personal circumstances while treating Savannah. How is her own marriage and family an ironic counterpoint to the narrative Tom is sharing with her about his family?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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