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

2. Dr. Larch applies for an obstetrics position in his home town of what in Chapter 2?

3. After the abortion, who comes into the recovery room to be with Candy in Chapter 5?

4. What was the name of John Irving's first novel?

5. Homer tells Dr. Larch about the trip to the apple orchard, saying he'll be gone how long in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the symbolism of Dr. Larch in the novel. What does Dr. Larch represent to Homer and the other orphans? How is he viewed by the nurses at the orphanage? What does Dr. Larch represent to the mothers who come to the orphanage?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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