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

2. Whose phone call disrupts the harmony of the opening scene?

3. After producing a letter from Lila, how does Dr. Lowenstein view Tom's mother?

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

5. Who is Sarah Jenkins?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the fury of the storm echo the plight of Lila Wingo?

3. Who is the Prince of Tides?

4. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

5. How would you describe Lila Wingo?

6. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

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

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

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

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

There is one character in the novel who plays a very small but powerful role in the lives of the Wingos: the name known by the children as "Callanwolde." What do we know about this persona? What might he represent? What role does his presence play in the larger narrative?

Write an essay that explores this character and analyzes how he exemplifies the pain and trauma in the lives of the Wingo family. Be sure to make clear and specific references to the text as well as literary techniques (symbolism, imagery, figurative language, etc.) as you develop your response.

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

Tom spends much of his narrative delving into the lives and experiences of his parents and even grandparents. In fact, Dr. Lowenstein is occasionally frustrated by Tom's refusal to speak exclusively about her patient, Savannah, but Tom persists that in speaking about these seemingly tangential anecdotes, he is in fact providing insight into Savannah's character. Consequently, each of the Wingo children are an amalgamation of various influences and traits of their parents and grandparents.

Choose ONE of the following Wingo children and examine their character in terms of the influences he or she exemplifies from the Wingo parents and/or grandparents (Henry, Lila, Tolitha, Amos). You may write about one of these character's exclusive influence on one of the Wingo children or you may discuss how several or even all of these characters influenced the lives and actions of one of the Wingo children.

A.) Tom.

B.) Savannah.

C.) Luke.

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