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 ailment did Alex suffer from as a child?

2. What does Nick LaRue tell Cassie while Alex is in the bathroom at the restaurant in Chapter Seven?

3. In Chapter Two, what does Will recall his white mother doing for his father?

4. What is the name of the beautiful woman that sidles up to Alex, and the tabloids claim was naked in Alex's trailer?

5. What does the unnamed woman believe has happened to her when she wakes up with no memory in Chapter One?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What connections to both Alex and Will does Jane/Cassie show in Chapter Three.

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

5. How does Alex view himself?

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

7. How does Alex express his loving feeling for Cassie?

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

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

10. Is William Flying Horse a trusting person?

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

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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