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 does Will take Jane in the beginning of Chapter Two?

2. What is the name of Alex's secretary?

3. Who is Herb Silver?

4. Why does Alex have painful memories of the hospital?

5. What does Jane realize that her profession is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Miranda represent in Chapter Seven?

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

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

4. How does Alex view himself?

5. Why does Cassie become an anthropologist?

6. Does Cassie trust Alex in Chapter Four?

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

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

9. How does Alex react to the visit to the pediatric hospital?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The characters of William Flying Horse and Alex Rivers can easily be labeled as the good and bad guys in Picture Perfect. However, Jodi Picoult gives each both good and bad qualities which makes the story a little less black and white in many ways.

1) Do you think that William or Alex had a more difficult childhood? Explain.

2) Why does Alex become an actor while William becomes a police officer? Does this make a statement about actors and police officers in general?

3) Analyze the best qualities of Alex and the worst qualities of William.

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