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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. What does Tom recall that his father did not allow?
3. What does Dr. Lowenstein's husband do for a living?
4. Why does Isabel Newbury leave Tom and his mother standing on the porch?
5. Why is Dr. Lowenstein's son alienated from his father?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is the Prince of Tides?
2. What is one of the benefits of Tom's extraordinary childhood?
3. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?
4. What is curious about Tolitha and Amos having Henry for a son?
5. What does Luke pray for before his father leaves for Korea?
6. How does Tom explain the recording of Savannah's psychotic seizure?
7. How does the phone call contrast with the idyllic opening of Chapter 1?
8. What is the topic of Savannah's poetry?
9. Why does Tom suggest that football is a good thing for the unhappy Bernard?
10. How do the Wingo children get revenge on the Newburys?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What role do racism and bigotry play in the novel? Discuss specific examples of racism and bigotry in the novel and how it affects the overall ideas presented in the narrative.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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