East of Eden Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cal think his mother is afraid of?

2. How long does Lee stay away from the family?

3. What does George Hamilton sell?

4. Who tells Aron the truth about his mother?

5. What is the occupation of Samuel's oldest daughter's husband?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Adam's business decisions had a huge impact on the plot and characters in this book. What were these business decisions, and how did their inclusion in the text affect the course of the plot? How did the different main characters respond to these decisions?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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