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. What is Sheldon's nickname?

2. How did the "Molecule" die?

3. What is "Mysterio?"

4. What is the name of Joe's aunt?

5. Which of the following is one of Sam's skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sammy and Joe's skills and abilities.

2. What role does surrealism play in Part VI?

3. How is retribution a theme in the story?

4. Why would Sammy and Joe be marketable?

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

6. Compare Tommy and Joe.

7. What does the Golem represent?

8. What inspires Joe to create a new comic book character?

9. What has Joe escaped from in his life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What predictions do you make for the characters in the story beyond the book? What do you think they do after the story is being told? Which characters become more successful? Which ones suffer hardships? Why do you think this is so?

Essay Topic 2

What qualities does a hero posses? How does the story reveal these qualities? Are these qualities present in the characters of the story? Would Sammy and Joe be considered heroes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Sammy and then describe Joe. Which characters is stronger? Why? What weaknesses does each character possess? What role do these play in the story?

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