The Electric Michelangelo Test | Final 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 drawing does Cy search for and find near the end of the book?

2. Why does Cy stay at the hospital?

3. What seems preordained in Cy's way of thinking?

4. Why is Claudia obsessed with the baby incubation exhibition?

5. What is the first touch between Cy and Grace like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives a possible hint to a terrible secret in Grace's past?

2. How does Cy compare Coney Island to Morecambe?

3. How does Claudia become to have so many tattoos and to what does that lead Artura and Claudia?

4. When Cy is somewhat inebriated in Vargas, he makes what connection between Grace and his mother and how does he react to that connection?

5. What is the connection between the game of chess and Grace?

6. How had Grace come to be known by some many so that perhaps Sedak knows of her and judges her?

7. Why does tattooing survive change?

8. What are the sexual images Cy has of mermaids?

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

10. Describe the first few days that Cy spends at the hospital.

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

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 3

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.

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