Perfect Chemistry 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. Who is Carlos?

2. Who does Colin spend his time talking to at the baseball game?

3. What does Shelley do to Brittany when Brittany tries to intervene between the fight between Shelley and her mother?

4. From what disease does Brittany's sister suffer?

5. Why does Alex nearly start a fight with one of the soccer players?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Alex join a gang and sacrifice any chances of going to college?

2. What does Alex do as a result of Brittany's mother's dismissive behavior toward him?

3. How does being a Latino Blood gang member make Alex's life harder at school and in his home life?

4. Why does Brittany take more care of her sister than is necessary?

5. Who is Carmen and why might Brittany have reason to fear her?

6. Why does Alex need Isabel's help regarding Brittany at the beach?

7. Why are Alex and Brittany punished after the first day in Chemistry class?

8. What does Alex know he will have to do eventually as a member of the Latino Bloods and why is he so resistant to the idea?

9. What bet does Alex make with his friends regarding Brittany?

10. Why does Alex allow Carmen to seduce him on the beach even though he no longer wants to be involved with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one theme in "Perfect Chemistry". Identify at least two themes in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Brittany. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Brittany?

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the lives Alex and Brittany. Be sure to incorporate personal, political and cultural impacts on the characters' lives.

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