The Electric Michelangelo 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. Of what is Riley protective?

2. How does Cy's routine begin?

3. What does Cy's mother say about the sun's light?

4. With what does Cy decide he needs help?

5. What happens when Cy breaks the glass?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is a boggart and how is it used?

2. How does Cy compare Coney Island to Morecambe?

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

4. What secret of Claudia's does Grace hold?

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

6. How does Riley come to offer Cy an apprenticeship and what is Cy's response?

7. What does the narrator say about the light in Brooklyn?

8. How does Cy's afternoon employment foreshadow his future work?

9. What does Grace want from Cy and why do you think she wants it?

10. How are tattooists looked at in Coney Island?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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," Cy meets Artura and Claudia Overas.

1. Compare and contrast Cy and Artura.

2. Compare and contrast Grace and Claudia.

3. Why do you think Claudia has a larger role in the novel than Artura, who is after all, a tattoo artist like Cy and it is a book predominantly about tattoos?

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