Criss Cross Test | Final 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 drops out of Russell's jacket pocket?

2. Who is interested in the theory of relativity?

3. About what is the song Hector composes at the celebration?

4. How is Mrs. Bruning when she comes home?

5. What does Debbie have for a bedroom door?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hector do while waiting for the fireworks?

2. What does Peter call his grandmother and why is he at her house?

3. What has Debbie convinced her mother of, and what does she find in her mother's mementos box?

4. Why are Phil, Debbie, Lenny and Hector sitting on a curb, what are they doing and what are they talking about?

5. How does Debbie's necklace end up in a tar patch after Dan picked it up?

6. With what class is Patty struggling and what does she feel from the knowledge she has learned in this class?

7. What is Lenny doing in Chapter 22 while Debbie is in the backyard reading and what saddens him when he goes into his house and comes back out?

8. How is Mrs. Bruning when she comes home from the hospital and to what does she agree with Peter's parents?

9. What subject does Peter's father approach with Mrs. Bruning and what is her response?

10. What book is Debbie reading in Chapter 22 and what does she think about the book and her life compared to the life of the protagonist in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Criss Cross" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Over the course of "Criss Cross", Debbie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Criss Cross" might be considered a slice of Debbie's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that the book is a "bildungsroman" of Debbie. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Debbie as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, older teen. What are the significant events that change Debbie?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Debbie's growth throughout the book, do you think "Criss Cross" could be considered Debbie's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Criss Cross" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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