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. Tom's mother often made up stories about _____________.

2. Which of the following is NOT true about the traumatic memory from the Wingo childhood?

3. Why does Amos bring everyone to the hayloft barn?

4. What transformation occurs in Henry when he is on his shrimping boat?

5. What role does Bernard actually play on his school's football team?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

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

7. Why does Henry covert to Catholicism?

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

9. Why doesn't Lila want the children to tell their father about the man called "Callanwolde"?

10. Who is the Prince of Tides?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the dramatic irony of Dr. Lowenstein's personal circumstances while treating Savannah. How is her own marriage and family an ironic counterpoint to the narrative Tom is sharing with her about his family?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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