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. What is Debbie looking over at the opening of Chapter One?

2. What does Debbie wish boys were more like?

3. What happens as the summer progresses to Lenny, Hector, Phil, Debbie and Patty?

4. How many other students are in the class with Hector?

5. What is the radio show's format?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where is Lenny being steered in school, how does he manifest this in his life outside of school and what habit does he pick up?

4. What does Patty say about their question and what does Debbie think about it?

5. What has Hector began to do and what compromise with his parents is involved?

6. Where is Debbie invited in Chapter Four and what does she do there and with whom does she do it?

7. What happens as Debbie is saying the final words of her wish?

8. How does Rowanne use Hector being with her with her friends?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Criss Cross" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Debbie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hector. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dan Persik. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

"Criss Cross" belongs to the young adult novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young adult novel and a historical novel mystery?

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