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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. The third family that adopts Homer does so when he is how old?
(a) 12.
(b) 10.
(c) 15.
(d) 6.

2. Homer performs the autopsy and tells the doctor the cadaver died of what in Chapter 5?
(a) A severed artery.
(b) Head trauma.
(c) Heart attack.
(d) Cancer.

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

4. When did John Irving win the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script "The Cider House Rules"?
(a) 2007.
(b) 1988.
(c) 1999.
(d) 2002.

5. What college did Wilbur Larch attend for his undergraduate degree?
(a) Cambridge University.
(b) Harvard Medical School.
(c) Bowdoin College.
(d) Exeter College.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Homer turns to Gray's Anatomy for additional information on the fetus in Chapter 5, the fetus information is where in the book?

2. In Chapter 5, Melony watches as a few women walk from the first train of the morning up to St. Cloud's and observes that the women that come on the morning train and leave on the afternoon train are different how?

3. In what state is "The Cider House Rules" set?

4. Melony makes Homer promise that he will stay at the orphanage as long as what in Chapter 3?

5. Who is the founder and doctor of the hospital who runs the orphanage in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Homer Wells described in Chapter 1? How is Homer viewed by Dr. Larch and the nurses?

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

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

4. In what ways does Dr. Larch record the history of St. Cloud's as described in Chapter 1?

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

6. Where does Dr. Larch send the prostitute's daughter in Chapter 2? What happens to her there?

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

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

9. Where does Dr. Larch decide to go when leaving Boston in Chapter 2? Who invites him to a party and why, in this chapter?

10. 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?

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