Invisible Monsters Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the new name Brandy uses to introduce Shannon to the realtor?

2. What childhood memory is painful for Evie during their show in the department store?

3. What kind of car does Evie have?

4. What words do Shannon feel are the most worn-out words in any script?

5. How does the doctor describe Shannon's wound?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator warn the reader about the novel's structure?

2. Why does the narrator feel that she has no native tongue?

3. While watching television in the hospital, what infomercial does Shannon see?

4. What causes Shannon's disfigurement?

5. After arriving at the hospital, what surprises Shannon about the others in the waiting room?

6. Why have Brandy and her comrades come to the open house?

7. Before her accident, what does Shannon do for a living?

8. Why does Shannon feel she is in competition with Brandy and Evie in the first scene?

9. What philosophy does Brandy Alexander have that Shannon finds attractive?

10. Why does Brandy make Rona Barrett her new Supreme Being?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of an invisible monster is present throughout the novel. How does this idea apply to each of the main characters? What kind of invisible monsters are affecting their lives? In Shannon's case, how does feeling like an invisible monster hinder her? Does it help her? Why or why not? Be sure to use citations from the text to strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

The novel explores the idea of attention as an addiction. Is Shannon addicted to attention? Is Brandy? Is Evie or Manus? Why or why not? What instances in the text point you toward a conclusion?

Essay Topic 3

Do a character study of Evie Cottrell. What role does she play in the novel? How does her relationships with the other characters further the plot? How does her character contribute to the central themes of the novel? Is she a static character or does she undergo changes throughout the text? Explore Evie's idea of beautiful people together being less than the sum of their parts. How does this idea contribute to the novel? Is Shannon changed by this theory? Be sure to use examples from the text in your arguments.

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