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 is the name of Tom's sister?

2. How many children do Tom and his wife have?

3. Whose phone call disrupts the harmony of the opening scene?

4. During which decade does Tom begin recalling the story of his family?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the Prince of Tides?

4. How does Lila react to the news of Tom's actions against Todd?

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

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

7. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

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

9. How would you describe Lila Wingo?

10. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Trace the use and significance of religion in the novel. Write a thematic essay in which you develop the author's attitude or reason for using religion in his story. Be sure to discuss at least two specific moments when religion plays an explicit part in the novel to develop your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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