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. What does Cassie remember Connor teaching her to do?

2. What best describes Ophelia and Alex's relationship?

3. What vision did Will see on his vision quest?

4. Which of Alex's movies is about Native Americans?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the importance of Nick LaRue in Chapter Seven.

2. Why do the words, "It is a good day to die" occur to Cassie in Chapter Five?

3. What does Miranda represent in Chapter Seven?

4. Describe the setting where the woman with amnesia wakes up in Chapter One.

5. How does Cassie start to realize that Alex is attempting to control her life in Chapter Seven?

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

7. How does Alex view himself?

8. How does Cassie make the decision to leave Alex in Chapter Nine?

9. How do Jane and William get to know each other better in Chapter Two?

10. Does Cassie trust Alex in Chapter Four?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Memory and prejudice both play important roles in Picture Perfect.

1) Describe how the author uses prejudice to create feelings about certain characters in the novel.

2) Explain how memory or the lack thereof can help to create or reduce prejudice based on examples in the story.

3) Select a minor character from the novel (Connor, Dorothea, Ophelia...) and explain how memory and prejudice play out in the growth or development of that character and their role in the novel.

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