Birds, Beasts, and Relatives Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gerald Durrell
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Birds, Beasts, and Relatives Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gerald Durrell
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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 or who is Fabre?

2. Where was Mouse Island?

3. What fish did Taki and Gerald see lying on the shore during their fishing trip?

4. What did Margo do daily to combat her acne?

5. What did Theodore and Gerald snack on after their day of exploration in Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Gerald and Theo discover on their excursion to the lake? Why was this discovery exciting for Gerald?

2. What did the family do on Sven's last day at their villa? Who came to visit that day? What did Sven do upon meeting this guest? How does Mother describe Sven as gets into the cab to leave? Why did Larry think her comment was ironic?

3. What did Larry offer to teach Gerald about caring for Sally? What important piece of information did Larry not know that caused him trouble? What happened?

4. Who was Sven? How did he come upon the Durrell family? What was Sven's unusual talent that drove the family crazy? What did Gerald learn Sven had in common with him?

5. What kinds of spiders did Gerald find on the island? What did he witness one day while observing one of the spiders he had caught?

6. What did Gerald do with the crab he and Roger discovered on one of their walks? What did Gerald find fascinating about the crab that led him to further exploration?

7. Who did Mother hire to be Gerald's tutor? How did the two initially get along? What did his tutor do that changed Gerald's perspective on learning?

8. What was the set pattern Theo and Gerald had established for their excursions? What was the first thing they did when settling into a new spot?

9. Why did George introduce Gerald to Theo Stephanides? What did Gerald hope to learn from Theo?

10. What was "catching cuttlefish with love?" How did it work? What was Gerald's response to this interesting fishing style?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerald gives detailed descriptions of two customs of the village in which he lives. One is the wedding ceremony, and another childbirth. Describe both of these customs, and how Gerald ends up witnessing them both in his first months on the island.

Essay Topic 2

In almost all chapters of his memoir, Chapter Ten excluded, Durrell introduces new people into the story. Discuss the purpose of the introductions of Sven Olson, Donald and Max, and Captain Creech. What purpose do these people serve in the story, and what does their presence in the chapter allow Durrell to remember about his family members?

Essay Topic 3

Before Chapter Four, Durrell has placed a quote from Professor Anstead, "Hospitality is, indeed, now no less than in classical times, a sacred duty in these islands, and it is a duty more conscientiously performed." How does this quote apply to the Durrell family? What are some examples of the hospitality they have offered to guests? What kinds of hospitality have been offered to them?

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