The Cider House Rules Test | Final 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. Chapter 10 begins how many years later than Chapter 9?

2. Who is reading to the girl orphans at the beginning of Chapter 6?

3. In Chapter 6, Dr. Larch writes a letter to tell Homer that Melony left the orphanage and that she took with her the only copy of what book?

4. What worker tells Melony she should give up on her boyfriend since he isn't worth it if he didn't tell Melony where he was in Chapter 7?

5. What did Olive Worthington die of in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Melony do when being chased by two workers in Chapter 7?

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

5. What does Mrs. Grogan see changing in Melony in Chapter 6? Why?

6. How does Candy establish rules for her relationship with Homer in Chapter 10?

7. What is discovered about the behavior of Wally Senior in Chapter 7?

8. How does Melony's relationship with Lorna parallel her relationship with Homer in Chapter 10?

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

10. What is Dr. Larch setting up for the character of Fuzzy Stone in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Homer Wells in the narrative. How old is Homer when he is introduced in Chapter 1? When was Homer brought to the orphanage? How many times is Homer adopted and why do his adoptive parents bring him back to the orphanage?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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