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 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the prevailing ideas of the novel is the concept of dualism; of two sides to the same subject or character. Conroy often develops this duality by placing pairs of characters in stark comparison or contrast to each other to illuminate a concept about either persona or both of them.

Choose ONE of the following pairs of characters and write a compare and contrast essay about them. Be sure to use specific and relevant details from the text. Remember also to analyze the significance, consequence, or reason for the author's juxtaposition of these two figures.

A.) Tom and Savannah.

B.) Grandpa Wingo and Tolitha.

C.) Henry and Lila.

D.) Bernard and Savannah.

E.) Susan and Tom.

F.) Herbert and Lila.

G.) Amos and Luke.

H.) Luke and Henry.

Essay Topic 2

A theme and concern among many Southern writers is the collapse of the "Old South." William Faulkner, for example, dealt with this issue numerous times in his novels and short stories. Pat Conroy also seems to be making a statement about the South and its destruction through the traumatic events of the Wingo children.

Write a thematic essay in which you trace Conroy's treatment of the South and its collapse throughout the novel. Some questions to consider are: What seems to be the author's view of the South? How does he represent the South throughout his narrative? Does the end of the novel seem indicative of a resurrection of the Old South or are the traditions and ways of the past lost forever in the wake of progress and development?

Essay Topic 3

The game of football plays a major role in the lives and events of several characters throughout the novel. Discuss the role of football in the novel. What part does it play in the text? Be sure to examine at least three different accounts of football from the narrative as you develop your thesis about the significance of this sport in the novel.

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