Cat's Cradle 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 woman on the cover of the San Lorenzo supplement in the newspaper whom John falls in love with at first sight?

2. What is the book about that the narrator describes writing in Chapter 1?

3. What materials are required to play the "Cat's Cradle" game that is described in the narrative?

4. What is the term used for a Bokononist poem?

5. Who is the eccentril elevator operator that John encounters in Chapter 28?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Dr. Felix Hoenikker's personality described in Cat's Cradle?

2. What is surprising to John when he encounters the Hoenikker burial plot in Chapters 29 and 30?

3. How does the narrator describe San Lorenzo's attempt at communism in the narrative?

4. What is significant about Frank's action of staging bug fights in Chapter 6?

5. How is Bokonon's history and arrival at San Lorenzo described in Chapter 48?

6. What is significant about the metaphor of cannonballs in the narrative?

7. What is meant by Mrs. Minton's remarks on indexing in Chapter 55?

8. What statement do you think that Vonnegut is making in regards to politics and science in Cat's Cradle?

9. How does Newt Hoenikker describe his interaction with his father on the day the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima?

10. Who is Lyman Knowles and what does he represent in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the character of Papa Monzano in the novel. How did Papa Monzano come to power? For how long has he been in power? What characteristics does Papa Monzano exhibit as a character and as a leader?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting of San Lorenzo. What is the size of the island? How many inhabitants does it have? What are the primary exports of the island? How would you describe its economy and culture?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the history of Bokonon. How did Bokonon end up on San Lorenzo? Who was he with when he arrived? How did Bokonon gain control of the island? What did he institute once he gained control?

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