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 does Tom really think of Bernard?

2. Why is Dr. Lowenstein's son alienated from his father?

3. Why do Tom and Luke travel to New York City?

4. Who or what is "Callanwolde"?

5. According to Tom, which character seems to be the most caring person in the children's lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

2. Why does Tom admit to hating both men and women equally?

3. How do the Wingo children get revenge on the Newburys?

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

5. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

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

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

8. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

9. What is the significance of the game Tom plays with his daughters?

10. How does the scene in the funeral parlor contrast with the rest of the Wingo childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

A major idea in the novel is the concept of transformation. In fact, many of the characters in the novel undergo a transformation or reinvention throughout the course of the novel.

Choose ONE of the following characters and explore the details and significance of his or her transformation. Be sure to include specific and relevant evidence from the text as you develop your response.

A.) Tom.

B.) Savannah.

C.) Luke.

D.) Henry.

E.) Lila.

F.) Susan.

G.) Bernard.

Essay Topic 3

The essence of any drama, especially the Wingo family drama, is conflict. Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss the major conflicts and obstacles he or she seeks to overcome throughout the novel. Does he or she succeed? What is the prevailing conflict in his or her path to healing? How does the struggle and tension produced by this conflict change this character?

A.) Tom.

B.) Luke.

C.) Savannah.

D.) Lila.

E.) Susan.

F.) Henry.

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