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 Charles doing when he injures his head?

2. From whom does Mrs. Trask get her venereal disease?

3. What is Lee hired to do for Adam?

4. What year does Cyrus die?

5. What is Adam drilling on his land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Adam hire Lee to do?

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

3. What happens after Adam fights with Samuel in his house?

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

5. How is Joseph Hamilton described by the narrator?

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

7. How is George described when he is born?

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

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

10. What does Adam name his boys, and why?

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

To which character did you relate most in this book? Why? How did this character change throughout the book?

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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