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 the school Bernard attends?

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

3. Why does Tom begin writing letters to South Carolina?

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

5. What does Tom see as the character flaw in Tolitha?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe Lila Wingo?

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

3. What does the robbery that Luke witnesses in New York show us about the city?

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

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

6. Why does Tom feel Grandma Tolitha returns to Grandpa Wingo?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The essence of any drama, especially the Wingo family drama, is conflict. Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss the major conflicts and obstacles he or she seeks to overcome throughout the novel. Does he or she succeed? What is the prevailing conflict in his or her path to healing? How does the struggle and tension produced by this conflict change this character?

A.) Tom.

B.) Luke.

C.) Savannah.

D.) Lila.

E.) Susan.

F.) Henry.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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