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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 Evie's taste in furniture?
2. What does the narrator (Shannon McFarland) feel is responsible for Evie Cottrell's appearance?
3. In Shannon's opinion, what are Shannon, Brandy, and Evie all competing for?
4. With whom does Shannon stay after she gets out of the hospital?
5. What does Shannon believe is only possible with an audience?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Shannon first meet Brandy?
2. What accident does Shane have when he was fifteen?
3. What plan does Shannon concoct in a final attempt to kill Brandy?
4. What has Shannon told her parents, instead of telling them about the accident?
5. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?
6. Why does the narrator feel that she has no native tongue?
7. When the realtor talks about Canadian currency, why does it give the group pause?
8. If she cannot be beautiful, what does Shannon say she wants to be?
9. What does Shannon say in her letter to Evie?
10. Why does Shannon burn Evie's house down?
Essay Topic 1
In the novel the author makes use of different devices to tell the story. In Shannon's case, many of her feelings are related using the Phantom Photographer, a mechanism that allows the reader to know how she is feeling indirectly. What are the implications of this Phantom Photographer? Why doesn't Shannon simply tell the reader herself what she is feeling? How does viewing her state of mind through a photographer provide insight to her former life as a model as well as her inner self?
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
Throughout the novel, Shannon gets more and more extreme in her actions. Detail her evolution from start to finish. How is the first Shannon we meet in the novel different from the final Shannon? Does she truly change in the novel? What are the major events that change her? What are the implications of the fires she sets? Choose specific events in the novel that are game-changers for her character.
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