Eden Close 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 was Sean's reaction when Eden refused to speak to him in the months before the shooting?

2. How long was Eden in a coma?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 3, how long has it been since Andrew last entered the Closes' house?

4. What did Andrew's father bring to the Closes' home the night Mr. Close was killed?

5. Where is Andrew thinking of taking his son camping?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does DeSalvo protect Eden in the luncheonette?

2. What is Geoffrey's response when Andrew says he needs more time away from the office?

3. How did Eden react to her mother's show of affection when Jim was home?

4. What is Edith's reaction when Andrew knocks on her door and wants to visit Eden?

5. Describe the relationship between Andrew and Martha.

6. What does Andrew dream about the night of his mother's funeral?

7. What happens at the pond when Andrew falls asleep?

8. What does Andrew guess and then have confirmed about his father's role the night of the shooting?

9. What does Eden tell Andrew that makes him think differently of Jim?

10. What does Andrew remember about his father's actions the night Jim was killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Eden's arrival at the Closes' and Jim and Edith's reaction. In what way did Edith pretend to want the baby for the sake of her relationship with her husband? What were the consequences of that pretense? Quote the book to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

How did Eden effectively transform herself into a tomboy so that she could join Andrew's circle of friends? What impressed Andrew, Sean and T.J. about Eden's inventiveness and stoicism? Provide textual examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What kind of person is Andrew? What are his strengths and weaknesses? How does he change as the novel progresses? Give examples from the book to support your discussion.

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