The Prince of Tides Test | Final 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. What does Henry conclude about his family during their graduation party in Chapter Two?

2. Why does Lila insist that Tom remain silent about the past?

3. How does Susan finally lash out at her husband?

4. Why does Tom call Sallie?

5. Tom tells Susan that the story of The Southern Way was true except ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom ironically avenge Herbert's rude behavior?

2. What admission does Susan make that startles Tom over dinner?

3. What does Henry's visit to Tom in this chapter reveal about Henry's character?

4. Why does Tom decide to tell Dr. Lowenstein about the fateful day on the island?

5. What is different, according to Susan, about the way Bernard interacts with Tom and his father?

6. What are the ramifications of the divorce proceedings?

7. What might the appearance of Snow symbolize?

8. What does Tom recognize as he has dinner with his mother?

9. What plans do the Wingo children have after graduation?

10. Why is Tom jealous of Savannah in Chapter 18?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While the narrative of the Wingo family abounds with tragedy and conflict, Conroy does manage to interject select scenes to provide a sense of comic relief into the otherwise traumatic account.

Choose ONE scene from the novel that provides some measure of comic relief. Be sure your essay:

A.) Discusses the particular scene in detail for the reader.

B.) Analyzes how this scene provides a relief or contrast to the more serious and depressing elements of the Wingo history.

C.) Evaluates the role of this scene in the overall narrative. Why is it necessary in the story? How would the novel be affected without it?

Essay Topic 2

In 1906, George Santayana penned the famous line, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (from "The Life of Reason"). Does Conroy's novel support or refute this assertion?

Write a critical lens essay in which you interpret Santayana's quote, agree or disagree with the quotation as you have interpreted it, and provide evidence in the form of specific literary techniques from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Geographical settings carry a special significance in the novel. In fact, the narrative frequently alternates between the South and New York City. Compare and contrast these two settings. What significance do each of them hold in the story? Why does Conroy choose to alternate between the two?

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