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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 scene setting in the beginning of Chapter One?
2. What does Brandy help Shannon realize about her past?
3. What item does Evie keep under her bed?
4. What color is Brandy's eyeshadow?
5. Why is it important for the family to be specific with the colors on the quilt?
Short Essay Questions
1. After locking Manus in the closet, who does Shannon call and what are the results?
2. Why does Brandy introduce Shannon to veils?
3. What is Brandy's final request to Shannon before she dies?
4. What story does Brandy tell the border policemen to try to get them back into the USA?
5. Why does Manus have pornography magazines around his apartment?
6. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?
7. What philosophy does Brandy Alexander have that Shannon finds attractive?
8. What does the narrator warn the reader about the novel's structure?
9. What is Seth Thomas's true identity?
10. Why is Shannon angry when we sees herself, Manus, and Evie in the infomercial?
Essay Topic 1
The novel makes use of different stereotypes are archetypes for some of the characters such as the model, the drag queen, and even the Texas oil princess. Choose three stereotypes and unpack their roles in the novel. To which characters do these stereotypes apply? Do they apply to multiple characters? How does the use of stereotypes contribute to the central theme of the novel? Do the stereotyped characters undergo any changes or are they static, remaining the same from start to finish?
Essay Topic 2
Shannon's final act is to give Brandy her identity. Why does Shannon choose to do this? What does this action mean for Shannon? What does this action mean for Brandy? Why does Shannon, after the huge adventure she has just had with her brother, need to leave him and never look back? How does the idea of an invisible monster drive her to this point? Why has Shane chosen to look exactly like Shannon in his new life? Do either of these characters find redemption?
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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