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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

Tom spends much of his narrative delving into the lives and experiences of his parents and even grandparents. In fact, Dr. Lowenstein is occasionally frustrated by Tom's refusal to speak exclusively about her patient, Savannah, but Tom persists that in speaking about these seemingly tangential anecdotes, he is in fact providing insight into Savannah's character. Consequently, each of the Wingo children are an amalgamation of various influences and traits of their parents and grandparents.

Choose ONE of the following Wingo children and examine their character in terms of the influences he or she exemplifies from the Wingo parents and/or grandparents (Henry, Lila, Tolitha, Amos). You may write about one of these character's exclusive influence on one of the Wingo children or you may discuss how several or even all of these characters influenced the lives and actions of one of the Wingo children.

A.) Tom.

B.) Savannah.

C.) Luke.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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