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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Wilbur Larch's father is described as having been what?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A preacher.
(c) A drunk.
(d) A banker.

2. Dr. Larch asks Homer to perform an autopsy on what in Chapter 5?
(a) An old man.
(b) A dead fetus.
(c) A teenage girl.
(d) A horse.

3. Homer sends a note to Melony to tell her what when he goes to read for the girls in Chapter 3?
(a) He enjoys the picture.
(b) Dr. Larch is not gay.
(c) He can't find her record.
(d) He wants to go for a walk.

4. In what state is "The Cider House Rules" set?
(a) Maine.
(b) Missouri.
(c) Montana.
(d) Michigan.

5. What is the name of the daughter that a high-society woman wants Dr. Larch to perform an abortion on in Chapter 2?
(a) Missy.
(b) Melony.
(c) Candy.
(d) Angel.

Short Answer Questions

1. The nurses keep mentioning in the novel that the doctor is named after what?

2. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Larch delivers babies where?

3. What kind of car does Wally's father own in the novel?

4. Homer packs his bag and says goodbye to the two nurses while Dr. Larch starts the autopsy on whom in Chapter 5?

5. In Chapter 4, Dr. Larch goes into Homer's history and writes it as if Homer has what to keep Homer from being drafted into the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dr. Larch's reaction to Homer's leaving the orphanage in Chapter 5? What is foreshadowed?

2. What imagery does the author use in describing Homer's walks from the girls' division at the orphanage in Chapter 3? What is symbolic about this imagery?

3. How is the atmosphere described in the beginning of Chapter 5? What is symbolic in this description?

4. How does the setting of Heart's Haven and Heart's Rock compare to the orphanage in Chapter 4?

5. Why does the prostitute's daughter come to Dr. Larch in Chapter 2?

6. What does the character of Melony symbolize in Homer's life in Chapter 3?

7. In what ways do the characters of Olive Worthington and Dr. Larch relate in Chapter 4?

8. In what ways is St. Cloud's symbolic? How does the author establish this in Chapter 1?

9. In what ways does the character of Dr. Larch symbolize God? How is this illustrated in Chapter 3?

10. How does the author describe Wilbur Larch's early life in Chapter 2? What led to Wilbur's sexually transmitted disease?

(see the answer keys)

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