Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What transformation occurs in Henry when he is on his shrimping boat?
2. Which of the following events does NOT transpire when Tom visits Savannah's apartment?
3. How would you characterize Tom's initial behavior towards Dr. Lowenstein?
4. What is the name of the school Bernard attends?
5. Which of the following events does NOT happen during the family picnic?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is significant about the new black student's ability to beat Tom in a race?
2. How would you describe Lila Wingo?
3. What does Tom realize after reading the first page of Renata's book?
4. What is the symbolism of Luke's solitary war with the government?
5. Why is Tom jealous of Savannah in Chapter 18?
6. Why does Henry help "The Amberjack"?
7. What plans do the Wingo children have after graduation?
8. Who is the Prince of Tides?
9. How does Lila react to the news of Tom's actions against Todd?
10. What is different, according to Susan, about the way Bernard interacts with Tom and his father?
There is one character in the novel who plays a very small but powerful role in the lives of the Wingos: the name known by the children as "Callanwolde." What do we know about this persona? What might he represent? What role does his presence play in the larger narrative?
Write an essay that explores this character and analyzes how he exemplifies the pain and trauma in the lives of the Wingo family. Be sure to make clear and specific references to the text as well as literary techniques (symbolism, imagery, figurative language, etc.) as you develop your response.
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.
While the narrative of the Wingo family abounds with tragedy and conflict, Conroy does manage to interject select scenes to provide a sense of comic relief into the otherwise traumatic account.
Choose ONE scene from the novel that provides some measure of comic relief. Be sure your essay:
A.) Discusses the particular scene in detail for the reader.
B.) Analyzes how this scene provides a relief or contrast to the more serious and depressing elements of the Wingo history.
C.) Evaluates the role of this scene in the overall narrative. Why is it necessary in the story? How would the novel be affected without it?
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