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 medical reference book does Dr. Larch give to Homer to study?

2. Homer's first foster family returns him to the orphanage because of what reason?

3. Who is looking out the window when the car drives by leaving with Homer in the end of Chapter 5?

4. What drug did Wilbur Larch begin taking regularly while in medical school?

5. Wally's girlfriend in Chapter 4 is the daughter of the local what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the character of Wilbur Larch in the narrative. Where was Wilbur born? What does the exposition reveal about Wilbur's past? What were Wilbur's parents like? Where did he study and begin his career?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the setting of St. Cloud's, Maine, and the time period in which the novel begins. What indications does the author give to illustrate the time and place of the novel? Why is the time period important to the plot of the narrative? How does the imagery set the tone for the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss literary allusion and the novels "David Copperfield" and "Jane Eyre". What is symbolic in Dr. Larch choosing these novels to read to the children? What do these novels have in common? How do the orphans in the novel respond to these books?

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