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. How old is Angel in Chapter 10?

2. Dr. Larch thinks Wally Senior has a neurological problem called what in Chapter 7?

3. As the summer ends and Wally prepares to go back to college, Olive offers Homer an opportunity to stay where?

4. Who writes a letter to Homer to tell him about his heart condition in Chapter 8?

5. A woman whose husband died in the war comes into the hospital for what in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What can Homer see has changed at St. Cloud's in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

8. What is foreshadowed in Nurse Caroline's warning in Chapter 9?

9. Why does Homer take offense to Dr. Larch's telling him he can have a normal life in Chapter 8?

10. What takes place on Thanksgiving in Chapter 8? Where is the novel set in this chapter?

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

Analyze and discuss the characters of Wally and Candy in the narrative. How old are these characters? What are their backgrounds like? How old are they when they are introduced in the novel? How do the lives of Wally and Candy relate to the life of Homer in Chapter 4?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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