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 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?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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