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. Which of the following events does NOT happen during the family picnic?

2. How does the principal feel about Tom beating up Todd?

3. What does Tom leave in the Newbury house while they are out of town?

4. Tom's story is set against the backdrop of which war?

5. What news do Tom and his family discover in Chapter One?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of family does the Prologue portray?

4. How does Lila feel about Henry's profession as a shrimper?

5. How does Lila react to Henry's buying a tiger?

6. Why does Tom punch Todd Newbury, and what does this reveal or suggest about Tom?

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

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

9. How does the fury of the storm echo the plight of 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

Geographical settings carry a special significance in the novel. In fact, the narrative frequently alternates between the South and New York City. Compare and contrast these two settings. What significance do each of them hold in the story? Why does Conroy choose to alternate between the two?

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

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.

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