The Electric Michelangelo Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarah Hall
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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 Riley come to understand while at sea?

2. What is Riley's tenth commandment?

3. For what does Cy use the last of Reeda's money?

4. What is the most important thing to remember about the man in question #61?

5. What does the town council do to offenders of their policies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jonty say about Riley; is it likely to be true?

2. What are some of the contrasting images seen in the very beginning of this book?

3. How does Cy's mother Reeda respond to his possible apprenticeship with Riley?

4. What does Riley tell Cy about Michelangelo?

5. How does Cy's apprenticeship fare and what is an important lesson Cy learns?

6. How do Riley's and Cy's styles differ when starting a job on a client?

7. Describe the type of clients that are often drawn to Riley's tattoo parlor.

8. Describe Cy's first encounter with Riley.

9. There are many instances of foreshadowing in this opening section. Name one and venture a guess as to what it could foreshadow.

10. Describe Riley's death and Cy's response.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Near the very end of the book after Cy has returned to Morecambe, he takes on an apprentice, Nina Shearer. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Compare and contrast Nina's behavior as an apprentice to Cy's behavior as an apprentice.

2. Compare and contrast Riley's teaching methods to Cy's teaching methods.

3. Discuss how effective Riley and Cy's teaching methods are and Cy and Nina's learning methods are and the strengths and weaknesses of each. To which teacher would you more likely be similar? Which apprentice?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Trace the development and resolution of the theme that beauty and destruction are often related. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the existing political situation during this novel.

2. Trace the development and resolution of the theme of "working through pain." Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how the concept of duality manifest in character personalities and in the physical setting.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 3

In Part 2, "Babylon in Brooklyn," much narration is devoted to describing Coney Island. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Compare and contrast Coney Island with Cy's boyhood home, Morecambe.

2. Find all the references to Coney Island and explain the relation of this setting to two of the major themes of the book.

3. How are Coney Island and the mystique of tattoos compatible? Not compatible?

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