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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 do Brandy, Shannon, and Manus frequent open houses?

2. What is the rule when "Seth" is driving the car?

3. How does Shannon describe her behavior throughout the accident and hospital stay?

4. Where does Manus invite Shannon after the infomercial?

5. What object do the nuns remove from Shannon's bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Shannon angry when we sees herself, Manus, and Evie in the infomercial?

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

3. Why does Shannon prefer to think of her brother as dead?

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

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

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

7. Describe briefly the opening scene of the novel.

8. What is Seth's theory about television?

9. What causes Shannon's disfigurement?

10. Why does Shannon feel she is in competition with Brandy and Evie in the first scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brandy credits the Rhea sisters with making her who she is. Who exactly are the Rhea sisters? How do the Rhea sisters help Brandy once she finds them? Why did Brandy allow the Rhea sisters to make her over? Who is responsible for calling Brandy's family with the news that she is dead? What kind of attitude do the Rheas instill in Brandy and how does this enable her adventures?

Essay Topic 2

Do a character study of Manus Kelley. What role does he play in the novel? How does his relationships with the other characters further the plot? How does his character contribute to the central themes of the novel? Is he a static character or does he undergo changes throughout the text? Though he travels with Brandy and Shannon, would you consider him a main character or a supporting character? How are his many aliases representative of Manus himself?

Explore some of his female-hormone inspired rants on God, parents, and television. What points are the author trying to make about society through Manus? Why is Manus so obsessed with the idea that television makes people like God? Be sure to use examples from the text in your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The idea of an invisible monster is present throughout the novel. How does this idea apply to each of the main characters? What kind of invisible monsters are affecting their lives? In Shannon's case, how does feeling like an invisible monster hinder her? Does it help her? Why or why not? Be sure to use citations from the text to strengthen your argument.

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