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 does Hector wonder about his music teacher?

2. What does Lenny still like to share with anyone who will listen?

3. What track is Debbie on in school?

4. How is Rowanne described?

5. What does Hector vow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What will Debbie, Phil and the others be studying at school?

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

4. Why was Lenny's childhood not indicative of the path he appears to be taking?

5. Where does Hector live in relation to Debbie, who is his sister and how does he feel about her?

6. How does Debbie get sunburned, and who was she with when it happens?

7. Who is taking lessons with Hector at the church?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hector learns that girls, rather than bluntly stating their feelings, may sometimes develop schemes in order to avoid boys, as experienced through his excursion with Rowanne. He also begins to understand that girls his age are in a process of evolution, like the caterpillar to the butterfly, and that he, too, will be changing, although he does not see his change as exotic or as pleasing as the one for the girls he knows.

1. Do you think Hector's belief about girls is correct? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in depth, Hector's comparison of teens and caterpillars. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Hector sees the changes that will occur in girls more pleasing than in himself, or probably in most boys? Do you think a heterosexual girl would feel the same way? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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

Debbie matures and grows throughout the book.

1. What do you think might be some of the reasons Debbie is maturing? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Debbie's maturity shown in the book is unrealistic in the short amount of time period the book covers? Why or why not?

3. Discuss the ways that Debbie shows changes in her maturity in the book.

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