Criss Cross Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lynne Rae Perkins
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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. Who teaches Hector's music class?

2. What would Hector like to change about himself?

3. For what does Debbie wish?

4. To what radio show are Phil and Lenny listening?

5. What do Debbie and Patty want their jeans to be like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hector's main concern this summer?

2. What does Debbie see in her sister's magazine, and what does she think about when she sees it?

3. What are Debbie and Patty discussing in Chapter Ten and what is their question?

4. What does Debbie learn from Lenny and how did that come about?

5. What does Debbie think about how one should say a wish?

6. What does Hector think about as he is putting up screens with his father, and what makes him think in that direction?

7. What experience does Debbie get with mechanical work?

8. How do Debbie and Patty get their pants to look the way they want?

9. Where does Rowanne take Hector, and what interests him there?

10. How does Debbie experience a response to physical contact with Hector?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Criss Cross".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Criss Cross". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Criss Cross". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Criss Cross". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Perkins chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Perkins chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Perkins's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Perkins use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Criss Cross" is? Explain your response.

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