Cat's Eye 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 trick does Elaine begin using to get out of situations she doesn't like?

2. Why did Elaine paint artworks of her mother after she died?

3. What is Ben's advice to Elaine about going to the art retrospective?

4. What is Cordelia digging a hole for?

5. Elaine thinks that others consider people in her profession to be:

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cordelia act when Elaine's father comes to check on the girls watching the parade?

2. What is Stephen worried about, when Elaine goes to high school?

3. What gives Elaine a reprieve from the other girls' tormenting?

4. How does Elaine feel when she sees her old school doesn't exist anymore?

5. What is the major element of her life that Elaine comes to terms with at the end of the novel?

6. How does Elaine describe her marriage to Jon?

7. What does Elaine think of Ben when she first meets him?

8. How does Elaine feel when she visits the new school?

9. What is Elaine's attitude about sleeping with her ex-husband, Jon?

10. What makes Elaine feel out of place when she first goes to the art exhibit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elaine often feels herself growing stronger or weaker, empowered or powerless. Discuss the importance of power in the novel.

1) When is Elaine powerful, and when does she feel powerless? What gives Elaine power in the course of the novel?

2) How do Elaine and Cordelia use power over others?

3) What power does Elaine's art give her? Does Elaine recognize the power of her art?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss criticism in the novel.

1) What does criticism of Elaine's art mean to her? How does she relate to the press and others that view and criticize her life and work as an artist?

2) What role does criticism play in Elaine's childhood relationship with Cordelia and her other friends? Where is the line between constructive criticism and abuse?

3) Why does Elaine become critical of others in high school? Why do Elaine and Cordelia spend their time criticizing others?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of point of view in the book.

1) Why is this book told in the first person, from Elaine's point of view? How would it be different if it were told by a different narrator?

2) Does Elaine provide an accurate account of the world around her? How is her view of the world biased or flawed?

3) What would the reader gain from understanding Cordelia's perspective, or the perspective of another character?

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