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. Why does Brandy demand silence as the three approach the Canadian border into the USA?

2. Whom does Brandy claim to be when trying to cross the border?

3. Which character is shot?

4. What magazine purchase does Manus claim is for his job?

5. Who is left to distract the realtor while Brandy and Shannon go upstairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What accident does Shane have when he was fifteen?

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

3. What causes Shannon's disfigurement?

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

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

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

7. Describe briefly the opening scene of the novel.

8. What is Shannon's father's strategy for selling his pigs at market?

9. How does Shannon describe the basic idea of modeling?

10. Why is Shannon upset that Evie borrowed her clothes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Shannon and Brandy. How are they alike? How are they different? What paths have they taken in the quest for true originality? How could their shared childhood have sent them in such different directions? Do they come to peace with one another in the end of the novel? Why or why not? Why did Brandy choose to deceive Shannon for so long? Be sure to use examples from the text in your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Shannon and Brandy's parents are strange people. How do they treat Shannon and Brandy as children? How do Shannon and Brandy remember their childhood? Why are their parents so obsessed with Shane after his death? How does their behavior alienate Shannon? Are their parents an examples of how we are all products of products of products? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Shannon's observations of the television monitor on her infomercial. Upon review of the infomercial, what does she notice? Are people looking at the models? Why or why not? How does the television monitor affect people and why does Shannon find this effect disturbing? How does the television monitor fit in to the other themes in the novel?

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