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. Who is The Escapist allegedly a copy of?

2. What is the name of the Empire Novelties editor?

3. What is Sammy's last name?

4. What is Joe's motivation to get a job?

5. When Sammy and Joe attend a party, what is the occupation of the man who is honored there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe use as an escape?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the first step in Joe's slide into madness?

7. What does the Golem represent?

8. Why does Sam want to leave New York?

9. Why does Joe want to make money?

10. Why is isolation a theme in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Joe's relationship with Rosa. How does this compare with Sammy's relationship with her? Do Joe and Rosa love each other? Why does Rosa inspire him?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one character to analyze in-depth. Analyze the way this character behaves and how he or she interacts with others.What events have shaped this character into the character they have become by the end of the novel? What quote best sums up the character?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the Golem? What does it mean to Joe? Why does Joe have a connection with it? Why is this important to the story?

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