The Ultimate
East of Eden
Book Quiz

Question 1 of 14

Samuel Hamilton moved to the Salinas Valley from which country?

  • Ireland
  • England
  • Germany
  • France

Question 2 of 14

The story East of Eden parallels what story in the Bible?

  • The story of Cain and Abel
  • The parable of the Prodigal Son
  • The story of the Good Samaritan
  • The story of David and Goliath

Question 3 of 14

What do the brothers, Adam and Charles Trask, find on their doorstep one night?

  • An injured woman who needed help
  • A stray cat
  • Their neighbor's rabid dog
  • A mysterious package wrapped in butcher paper

Question 4 of 14

Why does Cathy fear Charles?

  • Because he is unable to be manipulated like Adam
  • Because he is broadly built
  • Because he doesn't speak much
  • Because he threatened to harm her

Question 5 of 14

Why does Cathy decide to marry Adam?

  • She needed money and protection
  • She fell in love with him after he took care of her
  • She felt lonely
  • She wanted to take his land and inheritance

Question 6 of 14

Why did Olive Hamilton, Samuel’s daughter, move to Salinas?

  • To become a school teacher
  • To persue her dream of becoming a war nurse
  • To escape her family's respectable reputation
  • To marry and become a housewife

Question 7 of 14

Cathy eventually becomes pregnant and we later learn what?

  • She's given birth to twin boys
  • She's given birth to twin girls
  • She had one of each gender
  • She gave birth to Adam's only son

Question 8 of 14

What lie does Adam Trask tell the Sheriff about his gunshot wound?

  • He accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun
  • He got into a fight late at night
  • That his brother, Charles, came back for revenge
  • He passed it off as a hunting accident

Question 9 of 14

What event leaves Samuel struck with deep grief and pain?

  • The death of his favorite daughter, Una
  • His wife, Liza, falling gravely ill
  • His children’s plan to take care of him and his wife
  • The revealed truth about Cathy

Question 10 of 14

Which of the following is true of twin brothers Aron and Cal?

  • Aron is handsome and amiable while Cal is conniving and devious
  • They get along very well
  • Both boys exhibit very similar characteristics and demeanors
  • Cal is kind-hearted while Aron exhibits traces of evil

Question 11 of 14

Charles Trask left his $100,000 estate to whom?

  • Adam Trask and his wife
  • The twins, Aron and Cal
  • Charles' own wife and kids
  • Lee, Adam's loyal servant

Question 12 of 14

What idea did Adam have that lead to the downfall of his reputation and money?

  • Refrigerated train cars to send produce across the country
  • A device that sent letters at a faster rate
  • To double the amount of his land in order to produce more crops
  • Training to become a professional boxer to make money

Question 13 of 14

What inspires Aron to sign up for the war?

  • When he finds out the truth about his mother
  • The fact that he and Cal still can’t get along
  • When he and Abra break off their relationship
  • His unhappiness at Stanford

Question 14 of 14

At novel’s end, what important thing did Adam have to do before he died?

  • He had to bless Cal, who would be his only heir.
  • He was required to write a will
  • He had to tell Cal he was sorry for how he treated him
  • He had to pay back his debts

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