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. Wally keeps talking about what that the orphanage should plant on the hill in Chapter 5?

2. What is the book that Dr. Larch chooses for Homer to read to the girls at the orphanage?

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

4. What did Wally's mother change her first and last name to after marrying?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the setting of the novel established in Chapter 1? During what time period does the novel begin?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss tone, metaphor and simile, and analyze the imagery and symbolism in Chapter 5. What is foreshadowed by the wind? How does the imagery of the beginning of the chapter lend to its tone? How is the stationmaster described? What kills him in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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