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. Whose phone call disrupts the harmony of the opening scene?

2. How would you characterize Bernard's attitude in his first meeting with Tom?

3. Who or what is "Callanwolde"?

4. When Henry is recalled to the Air Force to go to Korea, where do Lila and the children go to live?

5. What news do Tom and his family discover in Chapter One?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

6. Why does Tom punch Todd Newbury, and what does this reveal or suggest about Tom?

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

8. Why does Tom feel Grandma Tolitha returns to Grandpa Wingo?

9. What is curious about Tolitha and Amos having Henry for a son?

10. Who is the Prince of Tides?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What role do racism and bigotry play in the novel? Discuss specific examples of racism and bigotry in the novel and how it affects the overall ideas presented in the narrative.

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