East of Eden 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 Adam drilling on his land?

2. How does Charles think Cyrus came across the money for his inheritance?

3. What is the name of Cyrus' second wife?

4. Who gives Adam needed advice after Cathy leaves?

5. How does Cathy get power over men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Edwards do when he takes Cathy back to her hometown?

2. How does Cathy get what she wants from her classmates, and how do they feel about this?

3. How are the Hamilton daughters described by the narrator?

4. Whom does Adam blame for the sad state of his boys?

5. How does Adam feel about Cathy shortly after they are married?

6. How is George described when he is born?

7. What causes Charles to distrust Cathy when he first meets her?

8. What gift does Faye give to Kate after she had been working for a little while?

9. What is Adam's ranch in California like?

10. What does Adam hire Lee to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in this book all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivations throughout the book and how this goal affected the characters around them.

Essay Topic 2

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Steinbeck have chosen these particular places?

Essay Topic 3

Power and greed were two common themes in this book. Where did they appear, and how did they differ in their manifestations?

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