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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 name does Jane find at the library that she thinks might be her own?

2. What is the name of the movie in which Alex has been nominated for an Oscar?

3. What, specifically, did Will see the shaman to ask about becoming?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Is Jane Doe or William more vulnerable in Chapter Two?

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

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

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

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

The settings in Picture Perfect are many and they vary greatly: from a graveyard to a Bel-air mansion, to a sweat lodge on a Sioux reservation, to a dig in Africa. Cassie and the other characters seem to inhabit a number of different worlds. Select three of the settings in the story. For each, describe which characters are most and least comfortable there (or would be), what that venue represents to the story and to Cassie, and why you believe the author chose to include it.

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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