Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Evie's taste in furniture?
2. What does the narrator (Shannon McFarland) feel is responsible for Evie Cottrell's appearance?
3. In Shannon's opinion, what are Shannon, Brandy, and Evie all competing for?
4. With whom does Shannon stay after she gets out of the hospital?
5. What does Shannon believe is only possible with an audience?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Shannon first meet Brandy?
2. What accident does Shane have when he was fifteen?
3. What plan does Shannon concoct in a final attempt to kill Brandy?
4. What has Shannon told her parents, instead of telling them about the accident?
5. Why does Evie live in a mansion in the suburbs?
6. Why does the narrator feel that she has no native tongue?
7. When the realtor talks about Canadian currency, why does it give the group pause?
8. If she cannot be beautiful, what does Shannon say she wants to be?
9. What does Shannon say in her letter to Evie?
10. Why does Shannon burn Evie's house down?
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?
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?
A central image of Shannon's childhood is her clothes burning on the clothesline. How does this event change Shannon? How does Shannon react? How does her reaction give insight to her character at fifteen? Is this the start of her obsession with fire? Why or why not? Be sure to examine the account in the novel and cite any quotations.
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