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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. Melony leads Homer to a picture on the wall where a woman is putting her mouth on what in Chapter 3?
(a) A pony's genitals.
(b) A glass of beer.
(c) A sandwich.
(d) A man's chest.

2. What was the name of John Irving's first novel?
(a) The 158-Pound Marriage.
(b) The World According to Garp.
(c) Setting Free the Bears.
(d) The Water-Method Man.

3. Who is the founder and doctor of the hospital who runs the orphanage in the novel?
(a) Dr. Wally Richmond.
(b) Dr. Ray Kendall.
(c) Dr. Homer Wells.
(d) Dr. Wilbur Larch.

4. Where did Wilbur Larch attend medical school?
(a) Exeter College.
(b) Harvard Medical School.
(c) Cambridge University.
(d) Bowdoin College.

5. While Dr. Larch permits Homer to deliver babies, he doesn't allow Homer to do what in Chapter 4?
(a) Brain surgery.
(b) Draw blood.
(c) Heart surgery.
(d) Perform abortions.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what historical era does the story begin?

2. Dr. Larch tells Wally and Candy about Homer's what, in Chapter 5?

3. What is the name of Wally's girlfriend's father?

4. Dr. Larch is surprised to see that the woman in the pornographic photo is whom in Chapter 3?

5. The autopsy reveals that the prostitute to whom Dr. Larch lost his virginity to died of what in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the book Jane Eyre relate to the main characters in Chapter 4? What heroic act does Homer do in this chapter?

2. What is ironic about Wilbur's parents in Chapter 2? How is Wilbur's career shaped by his encounter with the prostitute?

3. What is symbolic about Dr. Larch's choices for the books read to the orphans in Chapter 3?

4. What is symbolic about Homer's naming of the baby in Chapter 4?

5. What is foreshadowed about the life and career of Dr. Larch in Chapter 2?

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

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

8. What causes Homer's first two adoptive families to return him to the orphanage in Chapter 1?

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

10. How is Homer's first meeting with Candy and Wally described in Chapter 5?

(see the answer keys)

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