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 the name of the Empire Novelties editor?

2. Which of the following is Sammy most interested in?

3. Who is referred to as the "Mighty Molecule"?

4. Which of the following words best describes Sammy?

5. Which character has shifted the way comics are viewed when Sammy and Joe begin their work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is retribution a theme in the story?

2. Describe the role of Sammy's father in his life.

3. Compare Tommy and Joe.

4. What is Hoffman's role in the story?

5. What shatters Sam's fantasy of living a normal life?

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

7. According to the book's foreshadowing, which character will play a larger role in the future of the novel? How do you know?

8. Why does Sam want to leave New York?

9. What does Tracy look like? Why is this important?

10. Why is isolation a theme in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What role does background information play in the story? How is background information revealed to the reader? Why is this background information important for the reader to know? Is any of it unnecessary?

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