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. To where does Cathy try to run away?

2. What is the name of Cathy's new boss after she leaves Adam?

3. Why does Adam tell Horace that Cathy is not at the house when he comes to see Adam's wound?

4. What does Mr. Edwards hire Cathy to do?

5. What gift does Cathy's new boss give her after she leaves Adam?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Adam use to repair his new home in California?

3. Why does Abra say she loves Cal instead of Aron?

4. How do Charles and Adam take the news of their large inheritance?

5. Why does Samuel tell Adam the truth about Kate and her brothel house?

6. What question does Cal ask Kate when he meets her?

7. What does Cathy do to the man who helps her deliver her babies, and how does she respond?

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

9. How does Samuel support his family?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sacrifice was a theme that was very prevalent in this book. Who were the characters most affected by this theme, and how did they allow sacrifice to change their lives?

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

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?

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