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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 has Shannon been slipping into Seth's meals?
2. How is Shane's face disfigured?
3. Why does Brandy ask for the Darvons?
4. Why is Evie actually "Evie Cottrell, Inc?"
5. What is Signore Alfa Romeo's main asset?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Shannon's father's strategy for selling his pigs at market?
2. What is Brandy's final request to Shannon before she dies?
3. What story does Brandy tell the border policemen to try to get them back into the USA?
4. What happens on the day that Shannon's bandages are removed when she visits the grocery store?
5. What device does the author employ again and again to convey Shannon's emotions?
6. What has Shannon told her parents, instead of telling them about the accident?
7. Why have Brandy and her comrades come to the open house?
8. After arriving at the hospital, what surprises Shannon about the others in the waiting room?
9. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?
10. What accident does Shane have when he was fifteen?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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