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. Who is Sarah Jenkins?

2. According to Tom, which character seems to be the most caring person in the children's lives?

3. How would you describe the tone of Dr. Lowenstein when she refers to Tom as "Tom Wingo of South Carolina"?

4. What is the name of Tom's wife?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What plans do the Wingo children have after graduation?

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

4. Why does Tom feel the fallow deer are out of place in the Central Park Zoo?

5. Does the Wingo family achieve closure by the end of the novel?

6. What is happening to the relationship between Susan and Tom during Chapter Fifteen?

7. Why does Tom decide to tell Dr. Lowenstein about the fateful day on the island?

8. Why is Tom shy in the locker room at South Carolina University?

9. What is the topic of Savannah's poetry?

10. Why does Tom admit to hating both men and women equally?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Located off the coast of South Carolina, Melrose Island is the backdrop for much of Tom's story. Discuss the significance of this primary setting in the novel. What importance does it hold for the various characters in the novel? What larger ideas does Melrose Island represent? Be sure to develop your response with explicit and implicit evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

In the final image of the novel, we see the Wingo family (minus Luke) reunited on a shrimping boat, much as they were in the novel's opening. Do you think the Wingo family has overcome its traumatic past and finally begun to heal?

Write a persuasive essay that develops your point of view on this topic. Be sure to use specific and sound reasoning from the text to support your position.

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