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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 is the name of the daughter that a high-society woman wants Dr. Larch to perform an abortion on in Chapter 2?

2. By what age is Homer learning to be a doctor, seen a live birth, learned how to perform abortions, and having routine sex with Melony in Chapter 3?

3. Who is one of the nurses who works in the boys' division of the hospital orphanage and who tries to never repeat names when naming the babies?

4. What is the name of Wally's girlfriend's father?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Homer view Ray Kendall in Chapter 6? Who does he remind him of?

5. What does the character of Melony symbolize in Homer's life in Chapter 3?

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

7. How long has Homer been gone from the orphanage in Chapter 6? What is going on at the orphanage?

8. What is symbolic about the trees at the orchard in Chapter 8?

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

10. Who helps Wally and Candy arrive at the orphanage in Chapter 5? What impression do these characters have?

Essay 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

Discuss Neal Dow and the parents of Wilbur Larch, and define and identify irony and symbolism in Chapter 2. What is symbolic about the train that Wilbur's father leaves on? How did Wilbur's history develop him into who he became as an adult? How close was Wilbur with his mother?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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