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 might disintegrate Patty's world?

2. What does Debbie give Mrs. Bruning when the elderly woman comes downstairs on Saturday?

3. What does Mrs. Bruning ask Debbie to do?

4. What does Debbie have for a bedroom door?

5. Who has a locker next to Debbie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Peter's father's response to Mrs. Bruning's objections? How are his objections handled?

3. What does Debbie think of Dan Persik?

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

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

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

7. What happens when Debbie comes to Mrs. Bruning's house on Saturday immediately after Mrs. Bruning awakens?

8. What is Mrs. Bruning's response about Debbie, and what does Mrs. Bruning give Debbie?

9. What does Debbie hear her mother telling a friend about Debbie's upcoming summer?

10. What are Debbie and Patty doing while looking at the yearbook and what is Debbie thinking about when she looks at her own picture in the yearbook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Criss Cross". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of knowing oneself in "Criss Cross". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of parents and teenagers in "Criss Cross". Consider the silence between Debbie and her mother and Lenny and his father working together.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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