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 do Tom and Luke travel to New York City?

2. How would you characterize Tom's initial behavior towards Dr. Lowenstein?

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

4. What does Tom read in the waiting room of Dr. Lowenstein's office?

5. Why is Dr. Lowenstein's son alienated from his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the Prince of Tides?

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

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

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

6. Why does Henry covert to Catholicism?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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.

A.) Tom.

B.) Savannah.

C.) Luke.

D.) Henry.

E.) Lila.

F.) Susan.

G.) Bernard.

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

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?

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