Picture Perfect 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. Where was Cassie supposed to go with a class before Alex arranged for her sabbatical?

2. Where does Jane go to meet her husband?

3. What does Cassie ask Alex to help her do in Chapter Six?

4. Who is Alex's public relations person?

5. Why did 10-year-old Cassie have a snow fight with her mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Cassie trust Alex in Chapter Four?

2. Describe the ramifications of the Sioux penalty for adultery as described in Chapter Two.

3. What indications about Jane's relationship with her husband, Alex, are revealed in Chapter Three?

4. How do Cassie and Will's perceptions of Desperado differ and why does this matter?

5. Describe Alex and Cassie's home in Bel-Air.

6. Why does Alex's wardrobe reduce Cassie to tears in Chapter Five?

7. Why is Cassie addicted to dime store romances and embarrassed by this?

8. Why is Jane's recollection about discovering hand bones important?

9. How does Cassie feel towards Alex when he first takes her back to their Malibu apartment in Chapter Four?

10. How does the driver, John, represent Alex's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Native American legends included in the novel are used to imply, predict, foreshadow or point out contrasting elements at different times.

1) Select one legend in the novel that you feel does the best job of foreshadowing events to come and offer specifics to support your answer.

2) Explain why the author chose to incorporate these legends instead of making her point another way.

3) Do the legends portray Native Americans in a positive or negative light? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Cassie, Alex and Will have all experienced shame. Compare and contrast the shame, its cause and how it is dealt with among these three characters. Of the three, decide who has dealt with his/her feelings of shame most effectively and why.

Essay Topic 3

Cassie tells the story with a surprising amount of sympathy towards her abuser.

1) Explain which character in Picture Perfect would give a most accurate description of the events? The least?

2) What other storytelling perspective (third person, journal entries) or character would give the most dramatically different rendition of events and why?

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