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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. Why is Brandy so inspired by Miss Rona?
2. What is the new name Brandy uses to introduce Shannon to the realtor?
3. What does the narrator (Shannon McFarland) feel is responsible for Evie Cottrell's appearance?
4. What has Shannon been slipping into Seth's meals?
5. What infomercial are Evie and Shannon in together?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes Shannon's disfigurement?
2. What does the narrator warn the reader about the novel's structure?
3. Why do Evie and Shannon continually visit the department store?
4. What surrounds Manus in the trunk of his car?
5. Why does Shannon prefer to think of her brother as dead?
6. What philosophy does Brandy Alexander have that Shannon finds attractive?
7. What does Brandy propose to Shannon?
8. Why is Shannon upset that Evie borrowed her clothes?
9. How does Evie feel about her womanhood thus far?
10. If she cannot be beautiful, what does Shannon say she wants to be?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Brandy credits the Rhea sisters with making her who she is. Who exactly are the Rhea sisters? How do the Rhea sisters help Brandy once she finds them? Why did Brandy allow the Rhea sisters to make her over? Who is responsible for calling Brandy's family with the news that she is dead? What kind of attitude do the Rheas instill in Brandy and how does this enable her adventures?
Essay Topic 3
According to Brandy, Shannon is not responsible for the way she acts. We are all products of products of products, and have no real choice in whom we become. How is this idea reflected in the novel? Has Brandy broken out of this cycle or does she consider herself a part of it? How has Shannon attempted to break outside of herself? By the end of the novel, has she accomplished her goals? Why or why not? Be sure to include textual evidence in your argument.
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