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 do while waiting for Bernard in Central Park?

2. Who or what is "Callanwolde"?

3. Where do Tom and Dr. Lowenstein go the night after their initial meeting?

4. Why is the old German priest guilt-ridden?

5. Who tries to buy Henry Wingo's island?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom explain the recording of Savannah's psychotic seizure?

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

3. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

4. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

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

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

7. What does the story of Lila's quest to win the Colleton League cookbook contest reveal about her character?

8. How does the phone call contrast with the idyllic opening of Chapter 1?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Geographical settings carry a special significance in the novel. In fact, the narrative frequently alternates between the South and New York City. Compare and contrast these two settings. What significance do each of them hold in the story? Why does Conroy choose to alternate between the two?

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