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 do Elaine's friends tell her about their bullying?

2. What relationship does Cordelia have to the narrator?

3. What store does Elaine go to?

4. How does Mrs. Smeath characterize the children's mistreatment of Elaine?

5. What are the girls playing when they put Elaine into the hole?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the condition of the city where the narrator used to get off the streetcar, compared to how the narrator remembers it?

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

3. What view did Elaine have of Toronto as a child?

4. At the art retrospective, what does Elaine wish she could ask Cordelia?

5. Why doesn't Jon want to come to Elaine's art show?

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

7. Describe how Elaine and Cordelia are different in biology class.

8. How does Elaine react whenever someone asks her for money?

9. How does Elaine feel about Carol, Cordelia, and Grace when she sees them everyday after she starts sixth grade?

10. What does Elaine imagine will happen the day a famous figure is scheduled to come down her street in Toronto?

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

Emotional pain in the novel is often linked to physical pain. Discuss the relationship of physical and emotional pain in the novel.

1) Why does Elaine injure her fingers and feet? How is her physical pain linked to emotional pain?

2) Discuss Elaine's experience of physical and emotional pain in times of crisis, such as when she is trapped in the ravine and when she is left in the dark hole.

Essay Topic 3

The novel is full of imagery of sight, sound, and smell. Discuss the use of imagery in the book.

1) How does Elaine describe the city of Toronto? How do Elaine's descriptions reflect her feelings?

2) How does the imagery of Elaine's paintings relate to the novel and Elaine's life?

3) What imagery is associated with different periods in Elaine's life?

4) Discuss the imagery of blood in the novel. What does the blood from Elaine's self-mutilation symbolize? What about the blood of miscarriages, suicides, and the botched abortion?

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