The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Test | Mid-Book 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. Where does Joe's family live?

2. Who invites Sammy and Joe out to dinner?

3. Which character has the most sexual tension surrounding them?

4. What is the name of the man who wants to get retribution for Joe and Sammy's anti-Nazi comics?

5. What is the name of the comic league?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Sam think that Joe is back in town?

2. What has Joe escaped from in his life?

3. Why does Sammy like comic books?

4. Describe the way reality and fiction blur in Sammy's life.

5. What role does the movie Citizen Kane play in the book?

6. In what ways is this book comic-like?

7. Why does Joe jump from the building?

8. Describe Sammy and Tracy's relationship when they visit the abandoned World's Fair.

9. What passion does Joe put into creating Luna Moth?

10. In what way is Sammy's sexuality represented?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does retribution play a role in the book? Which characters seek revenge? Which characters are victims of retribution?

Essay Topic 2

Describe society's view of comics in the story. Why do they think this way? Do you think this is a realistic interpretation of the way society thought in 1939? Why or why not? What type of media might be comparable to comic books for the modern age?

Essay Topic 3

How are Tommy and Joe alike? How are they different? Why is it important that these similarities are displayed for the reader? How does Joe's son Tommy compare to Joe's brother, Thomas?

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