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 happened to Connor the morning after Halloween in 1976?

2. What does Cassie recall Alex demanding for breakfast when he was filming Antony and Cleopatra?

3. Who is Captain Watkins?

4. What does Cassie ask Alex to help her do in Chapter Six?

5. What play does Cassie hear Alex practicing their first night together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Alex view himself?

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

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

7. Describe William Flying Horse's experience as a half-Sioux person.

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

9. Does Cassie trust Alex in Chapter Four?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Memory and prejudice both play important roles in Picture Perfect.

1) Describe how the author uses prejudice to create feelings about certain characters in the novel.

2) Explain how memory or the lack thereof can help to create or reduce prejudice based on examples in the story.

3) Select a minor character from the novel (Connor, Dorothea, Ophelia...) and explain how memory and prejudice play out in the growth or development of that character and their role in the novel.

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 definition of possessions is likely different in the Sioux world and the white world. Using examples in Picture Perfect, select three objects or persons in the story that someone sees as his/her possession. Analyze how the owner comes to this decision and the meaning that ownership has to that person.

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