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. Why does Cassie have a sabbatical from her job at UCLA?

2. What does Cassie say that Connor inspired her to do?

3. In the Eskimo Indian legend that opens Chapter Ten, what animal disguises itself as a man to enchant the woman?

4. What important discovery does Jane recall that sends her to the library for information?

5. What best describes the success of Cassie's parents' business when she is a child in Maine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Cassie's lives in Maine, Tanzania and Malibu illustrate in Chapter Five?

2. What is Alex's relationship with his father like?

3. Who is Connor and why is he important to Cassie?

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

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

6. What role does Herb Silver play in Chapter Three?

7. Is William Flying Horse a trusting person?

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

9. Why are Herb and Alex surprised at Cassie's angry outburst?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in Picture Perfect have troubled childhoods that they are trying to deal with.

1) Which character in the novel has the best method of dealing with a troubled past? The worst?

2) If Connor had survived his father's murder attempt, describe the type of person he might be today.

Essay Topic 2

In a sense, Picture Perfect is Cassie's story of healing from a lifetime of pain. Which events in the novel do you feel were pivotal in Cassie's healing? Which other characters are able to heal in the story, and which are not able to heal their wounds and why? Are there specific characters or places in the book that are associated with pain or healing? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Was Cassie wise or foolish to throw the Tylenol out the window and trust in tribal healing beliefs and why? If baby Connor had not gotten better after she threw out the medicine, what impact would that have had on the story? Are the Sioux rituals in the story meant to represent something or are they meant to get the reader to be more open-minded about different belief systems?

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