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. How does Tom characterize himself in relation to the other Wingo children?

2. After producing a letter from Lila, how does Dr. Lowenstein view Tom's mother?

3. What do we learn is Dr. Lowenstein's first name?

4. What does Ruby Blankenship offer the children?

5. Why does Tom tell Dr. Lowenstein the story of his mother's quest to win the Colleton League cookbook contest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tom suggest that football is a good thing for the unhappy Bernard?

2. How does Lila react to Henry's buying a tiger?

3. Why does Tom continue searching through Savannah's apartment?

4. Why does Susan insist that Savannah wants to become the persona called Renata?

5. How does Lila feel about Henry's profession as a shrimper?

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

7. How does Tom ironically avenge Herbert's rude behavior?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

A major motif throughout the novel is the pattern of hiding. Many of the characters are consciously or unconsciously hiding something about themselves, about their pasts, or about their family. As the novel progresses, each of these characters is given the opportunity to reveal the truth that he or she has been hiding or to conceal it further.

Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss how he or she participates in this motif. What is the character hiding? Is the concealment intentional or accidental? Does the character ever reveal this truth? What are the ramifications of the character's decision to disclose the secret or continue hiding it?

A.) Tom.

B.) Lila.

C.) Henry.

D.) Savannah.

E.) Bernard.

F.) Susan.

G.) Luke.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While the novel contains Tom's narrative of his family history, the title of the novel is based on a poem written by Savannah. Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Who is the Prince of Tides? Support your answer with specific examples and reasoning from the text.

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