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

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

3. To what location does Melony purchase a train ticket after leaving the orphanage in Chapter 6?

4. Homer drops Wally off at Candy's house so they can have a private night together, and Homer picks whom up for a night at the drive-in movie in Chapter 7?

5. The night before Wally goes back to college, Wally talks about being what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dr. Larch relate to Melony in Chapter 6?

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

4. Where has Melony traveled in Chapter 7? Why?

5. What is foreshadowed by Wally's return in Chapter 10?

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

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

8. Who knows or suspects Homer and Candy's secret in Chapter 9?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the book Gray's Anatomy and Dr. Larch's medical training for Homer. Why does Dr. Larch give this book to Homer? Why does Dr. Larch choose to train Homer in his practice? Does Homer feel that Dr. Larch is wrong to perform abortions? Why or why not?

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 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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