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 does Cathy kill while her mother is away?

2. What does Cathy tell the other girls that work with her about their boss?

3. Why does Cathy not like to drink?

4. To where does Adam want to move after he gets married?

5. What does the narrator call Cathy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives Adam the idea to ship lettuce to the East Coast?

2. What does Kate do when Adam tries to leave her brothel?

3. What does Joe Valery hope to do while working for Kate?

4. What does Tom write in his letter to Will after Dessie's death?

5. How does Cal respond to the news that his brother died at war?

6. How do Cathy's parents die?

7. What does Cathy do on her wedding night, and why?

8. What does Lee want to do after leaving Adam's service?

9. What does Tom imagine after Dessie's death?

10. What does Lee ask Samuel for help with when the well is being dug?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the ways Liza and Samuel showed their love to each other, and how did these displays alter the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Faye was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence -- however brief --- alter the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if she had not been in the book at all?

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