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. Chapter Two flashes back to the 1970s when Tom is a _____________.

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

3. How would you describe the tone of Dr. Lowenstein when she refers to Tom as "Tom Wingo of South Carolina"?

4. Which of the following does Tom NOT call attention to during his formative years?

5. What does Tom do while waiting for Bernard in Central Park?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom turn the tables on Bernard?

2. Who is the Prince of Tides?

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

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

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

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

7. How has coaching Bernard helped Tom?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Animals and nature have a special significance and meaning in the novel. Choose one of the following animals and discuss its significance throughout the novel. Be sure to discuss any possible symbolism or figurative meaning this animal might hold in the text; i.e. its representation of a larger idea or its relevance to one or more of the characters.

A.) Caesar, the tiger.

B.) Papa John's Black widow spiders.

C.) Snow, the albino porpoise.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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