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. When was John Irving born?

2. Melony picks up what while she and Homer are hanging out in one of the abandoned buildings by the river in Chapter 3?

3. When Homer says goodbye to Dr. Larch, they tell each other what for the first time in Chapter 5?

4. Dr. Larch tells Wally and Candy about Homer's what, in Chapter 5?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is symbolic about Dr. Larch's choices for the books read to the orphans in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

8. How is Melony described by the author in Chapter 3? What age is Melony?

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

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

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?

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

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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