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. What is Manus's occupation?

2. What has Shannon told her parents to avoid telling them about the accident?

3. What does the narrator (Shannon McFarland) feel is responsible for Evie Cottrell's appearance?

4. What does Brandy help Shannon realize about her past?

5. What piece of jewelry does SIster Katherine wear?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly the opening scene of the novel.

2. What causes Shannon's disfigurement?

3. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?

4. What is Seth's theory about television?

5. Before her accident, what does Shannon do for a living?

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

7. What does the narrator warn the reader about the novel's structure?

8. What secret does Shannon write on her postcard at the Space Needle?

9. What happens on the day that Shannon's bandages are removed when she visits the grocery store?

10. What is the one thing Shannon has wanted to be asked?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Each of the characters in the novel wants attention. How is this need apparent in each character throughout the novel? What are the implications of needing an audience such as Evie not feeling real unless someone is watching or the baby who hurts himself and does not cry until his parents rush over? Do you think people need other people to make themselves feel real? Why or why not?

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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