Cat's Cradle Test | Final 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 performs "Cat House Piano" on the album that Newt plays in Chapter 81?

2. Where did Newt Hoenikker create a "love nest" with his bride after they had wed?

3. How many taxicabs are there on the island of San Lorenzo?

4. Who wrote The Spoon River Anthology that the Ambassador quotes from at the celebration?

5. Chapter 96 is titled "Bell, Book, and Chicken in" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is signified by Angela's statements about her father's income in Chapter 80?

2. What is done with Dr. Von Koenigswald's body in Chapter 113? Why?

3. What statement do you think that Kurt Vonnegut is making through the character of Mona in the novel?

4. How do the Hoenikker children describe the passing of the dog as a result of Ice-nine?

5. What concerns and conflicts arise with the death of Papa Monzano?

6. What is satirical about the "writer's strike" that Philip Castle proposes in Chapter 103?

7. How is John's encounter with Mona described in Chapter 91?

8. How is Newt's painting described in Chapter 74? What does it signify?

9. How is the Papa Monzano's bomb shelter described in Chapter 117?

10. What symbolism can be seen in the story of the shipwreck on San Lorenzo that is related by Philip Castle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of nihilism as explored in the novel. How does Vonnegut satirize nihilism in the narrative? What characters represent nihilism? What becomes of these characters?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Dr. Felix Hoenikker. What role did Hoenikker play in the development of the atomic bomb? Where did he work at the time? How are his relationships with family and coworkers described in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Franklin Hoenikker in Cat's Cradle. How is Frank described as a child and a young man? What are the impressions of the narrator when he finally meets Frank? What is Frank's main role in the plot of the novel?

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