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. Why does Henry buy the tiger from the circus?

2. What does Dr. Lowenstein's husband do for a living?

3. What does Tom say that Grandmother Tolitha did immediately following Papa John's death?

4. Why are Tom and Luke awakened in the middle of the night while visiting Savannah in New York in Chapter Two?

5. Which of the following images from the Prologue could serve as an analogy for Tom and Savannah's wondrous and nightmarish childhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

10. How does the Prologue present the father of the Wingo children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the prevailing ideas of the novel is the concept of dualism; of two sides to the same subject or character. Conroy often develops this duality by placing pairs of characters in stark comparison or contrast to each other to illuminate a concept about either persona or both of them.

Choose ONE of the following pairs of characters and write a compare and contrast essay about them. Be sure to use specific and relevant details from the text. Remember also to analyze the significance, consequence, or reason for the author's juxtaposition of these two figures.

A.) Tom and Savannah.

B.) Grandpa Wingo and Tolitha.

C.) Henry and Lila.

D.) Bernard and Savannah.

E.) Susan and Tom.

F.) Herbert and Lila.

G.) Amos and Luke.

H.) Luke and Henry.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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