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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. Wilbur Larch's mother worked for whom?

2. When was "The World According to Garp" published?

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

4. The town in which the orphanage is set is described as what?

5. Melony tells Homer in Chapter 3 that if Homer was born at the orphanage, then there is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is foreshadowed by Wally's return in Chapter 10?

2. How have Homer's feelings about St. Cloud's changed in Chapter 6?

3. What leads Candy to discover Homer's love for her in Chapter 8?

4. What does the exposition reveal about Dr. Larch's past in Chapter 1?

5. How does Dr. Larch relate to Melony in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

9. Who begins to press Dr. Larch toward retirement in Chapter 6?

10. How is the atmosphere described in the beginning of Chapter 5? What is symbolic in this description?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe and discuss Melony's decision to run away from the orphanage and her theft from Mrs. Grogan. How does Melony feel about this action of deceit? What are the reactions of Dr. Larch and Mrs. Grogan after Melony's disappearance? How does Mrs. Grogan react to her money being stolen?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the settings of Heart's Haven and Heart's Rock and the history of the Worthington family. How do Heart's Haven and Heart's Rock differ from St. Cloud's, Maine? How is Wally Worthington, Senior described? What is his relationship with his wife like?

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