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  • Prepare a genealogical chart that traces your family's history as far back as you can. Interview relatives about personality or physical traits that were passed down through the generations. Add these bits of information to your chart.
  • Read The Virgin Suicides and compare its coming-of-age theme with that of Middlesex in an essay.
  • Conduct some research on hermaphrodites, reading if possible some firsthand reports by hermaphrodites. Make a presentation to your class on your findings and lead a discussion on how realistic Cal's experiences are as a hermaphrodite.
  • Identify a place that you would like to visit and imagine living there for one year. Do some research on the place. Then write a short story or narrative about the experiences you imagine having while trying to adapt to a foreign culture.

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