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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 new name Brandy uses to introduce Shannon to the realtor?
2. What object do the nuns remove from Shannon's bathroom?
3. Why does Brandy ask for the Darvons?
4. What is Shannon's family nickname?
5. What sound does Shannon hear from downstairs?
Short Essay Questions
1. What secret does Shannon write on her postcard at the Space Needle?
2. What is Brandy's final request to Shannon before she dies?
3. What is Shannon's father's strategy for selling his pigs at market?
4. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?
5. While watching television in the hospital, what infomercial does Shannon see?
6. What does the narrator warn the reader about the novel's structure?
7. What is Seth's theory about television?
8. When the realtor talks about Canadian currency, why does it give the group pause?
9. What philosophy does Brandy Alexander have that Shannon finds attractive?
10. What accident does Shane have when he was fifteen?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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?
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