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 Alex's public relations person arrange a photo opportunity for him in Chapter Eight?

2. What ailment did Alex suffer from as a child?

3. What country does Herb Silver place a call to, telling Jane's husband that she has been found?

4. Why is Will angry when he returns home the first day Jane stays there alone?

5. What does Jane do during dinner after Will's first day at his new job?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Cassie's impression of Alex in Chapter Seven?

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

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

5. Why does Will buy new furniture in Chapter Eight?

6. What does Miranda represent in Chapter Seven?

7. What is the significance of the Eskimo Indian legend in Chapter Ten?

8. Describe the relationship between Alex and Ophelia.

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

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

Explain how Cassie, Alex and Will each identify themselves within the world around them. Be sure to consider the venues they choose to live in, or not live in.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The symbolism of Alex having a hole in his heart is a very strong metaphor.

1) Use the movies that Alex chooses to star in to analyze this character's motives and goals.

2) Explain what would be lost from the novel if the scene at the pediatric hospital was not included.

3) How does Alex attempt to fill the hole in his heart?

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