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 say that Grandmother Tolitha did immediately following Papa John's death?

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

3. What is the name of Tom's sister?

4. What does Tom leave in the Newbury house while they are out of town?

5. How does Luke respond to the tiger's presence?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the town react to "The Amberjack's" presence?

2. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

3. Who is the Prince of Tides?

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

5. Why does Tom get in a fight in Chapter 17?

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

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

8. What is the symbolism of Luke's solitary war with the government?

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

10. What does Tom recognize as he has dinner with his mother?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Tom says that growing up as a Wingo taught him to survive. Savannah tends to disagree. Of the three Wingo children, which emerges the strongest? Whose character and psyche survive the trials and traumas of this dysfunctional family? Support your position with clear and logical evidence from the text.

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

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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