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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 might Conroy have included the scene with Tolitha's coffin in Chapter Eight?
2. Who is Winthrop Ogletree?
3. According to Tom, which character seems to be the most caring person in the children's lives?
4. Which of the following images from the Prologue could serve as an analogy for Tom and Savannah's wondrous and nightmarish childhood?
5. Why does Henry buy the tiger from the circus?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Tom feel Grandma Tolitha returns to Grandpa Wingo?
2. How do the Wingo children get revenge on the Newburys?
3. How does the fury of the storm echo the plight of Lila Wingo?
4. Why does Tom suggest that football is a good thing for the unhappy Bernard?
5. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?
6. Who is the Prince of Tides?
7. Why doesn't Lila want the children to tell their father about the man called "Callanwolde"?
8. How does the death of Rose Ann reveal the nature of the Wingo parents?
9. What does the robbery that Luke witnesses in New York show us about the city?
10. How does Dr. Lowenstein perceive Lila in Chapter Six?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the dramatic irony of Dr. Lowenstein's personal circumstances while treating Savannah. How is her own marriage and family an ironic counterpoint to the narrative Tom is sharing with her about his family?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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