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. How much is the long-distance phone bill that the poet left behind in John's apartment in Chapter 36?

2. What is the title of Chapter 10?

3. What business did Emily Hoenikker's father own?

4. What was the real name of the notorious English pirate described in Chapter 48?

5. How does John describe the aesthetic of Ilium, New York, in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bokononism influence the language style of the novel?

3. What irony can be found in Dr. Breed's discussions of superstition in Chapters 16-18?

4. What symbolism can be seen in the graves of Emily and Felix Hoenikker?

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

6. How is the theory of "Dynamic Tension" described in Chapter 47?

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

8. What are the Bokononist warnings that the narrator relates to the reader in Chapter 4?

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

10. What project does Dr. Breed describe Dr. Hoenikker working on at the time of his death? What was Dr. Hoenikker's objective?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative style of Cat's Cradle. From whose perspective is the narrative related? Why do you think the author chose to relate the narrative in this style? How would the narrative differ if it were related from a different narrative perspective?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Vonnegut's use of irony in Cat's Cradle. What are examples of verbal, dramatic, and situational irony in the novel? What purpose does each example serve? How is irony related to satire?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the plot structure of Cat's Cradle. Where in the story do the exposition and rising action occur? What comprises the climax of the story? How would you describe the falling action and denouement of the narrative?

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