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 woman from a high-society family in Boston invites Dr. Larch to a croquet party in Chapter 2?

2. When Homer sneaks into the baby room in Chapter 3, he finds one of the expectant mothers standing there who asks him to do what?

3. What is Homer's last name in the novel?

4. In what historical era does the story begin?

5. After the prostitute dies, her daughter comes to see Dr. Larch and hands him a brown bottle that contains a solution promising to do what in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Dr. Larch keep the women having abortions separate from the women giving birth in Chapter 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the symbolism of the cider house rules. Why does the author use this as the title of the novel? What is significant about these rules? What is Homer's reaction to the rules? Also discuss racial relations during the time period in the novel. Where do the apple pickers live during the off season? In what ways are they segregated from the white population?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the decision of Candy and Wally to have an abortion. How do each of the characters feel about this choice? Why does Wally attempt to talk Candy out of the procedure? What is Candy's response?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the characters of Wally and Candy in the narrative. How old are these characters? What are their backgrounds like? How old are they when they are introduced in the novel? How do the lives of Wally and Candy relate to the life of Homer in Chapter 4?

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