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. Where does the narrative of Chapter Four take place?

2. Where are Tom and Dr. Lowenstein at the start of Chapter Six?

3. How many different types of Wingos are there according to Tom?

4. What is Dr. Lowenstein's reaction to Tom telling the story about Todd Newbury?

5. Tom is determined to discover ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the phone call contrast with the idyllic opening of Chapter 1?

3. Who is the Prince of Tides?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Lila react to the news of Tom's actions against Todd?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The game of football plays a major role in the lives and events of several characters throughout the novel. Discuss the role of football in the novel. What part does it play in the text? Be sure to examine at least three different accounts of football from the narrative as you develop your thesis about the significance of this sport in the novel.

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

A major motif throughout the novel is the pattern of hiding. Many of the characters are consciously or unconsciously hiding something about themselves, about their pasts, or about their family. As the novel progresses, each of these characters is given the opportunity to reveal the truth that he or she has been hiding or to conceal it further.

Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss how he or she participates in this motif. What is the character hiding? Is the concealment intentional or accidental? Does the character ever reveal this truth? What are the ramifications of the character's decision to disclose the secret or continue hiding it?

A.) Tom.

B.) Lila.

C.) Henry.

D.) Savannah.

E.) Bernard.

F.) Susan.

G.) Luke.

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