The Cider House Rules 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. What college did Wilbur Larch attend for his undergraduate degree?

2. In Chapter 3, Dr. Larch makes it Homer's responsibility to read to the orphans for how long each night?

3. As a graduation gift from high school, Wilbur's father bought him what?

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

5. Melony picks up what while she and Homer are hanging out in one of the abandoned buildings by the river in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who helps Wally and Candy arrive at the orphanage in Chapter 5? What impression do these characters have?

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

4. Discuss the symbolism and foreshadowing in Chapter 4. What is foreshadowed by Candy's pregnancy?

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

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

7. Why does Dr. Larch ask Homer to perform an autopsy in Chapter 5? What does Homer find?

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

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

10. Where does Wally invite Homer to go with him in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss foreshadowing in Chapter 5 and Homer's decision to go with Wally and Candy in the novel. What does Homer hope to gain from the experience? What can be seen in the discussion between Wally and Homer?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of sexuality in the novel. How do Dr. Larch's first sexual experiences relate to those of Homer? How is sexuality perceived by the characters? What are the consequences of sexuality seen in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Neal Dow and the parents of Wilbur Larch, and define and identify irony and symbolism in Chapter 2. What is symbolic about the train that Wilbur's father leaves on? How did Wilbur's history develop him into who he became as an adult? How close was Wilbur with his mother?

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