Sellevision Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Augusten Burroughs
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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. Peggy Jean's fan sends her another e-mail, suggesting she work on stopping which addiction?

2. Where does Bebe do a good deal of shopping?

3. After an unpleasant encounter with someone after lunch, Peggy Jean tells her sons that they will no longer "see" what kind of people?

4. Leigh finds a book she decides to buy in which section of the bookstore?

5. With which singer does Peggy Jean host a show?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Bebe has placed her personal ad online, what is the reason for Bebe's excitement during her show?

2. How does Peggy Jean respond the first two times to the sender of the critical e-mails?

3. Why does Bebe compare her relationship with Eliot to that of Peggy Jean and John?

4. While Max's mother is ironing one day, why does she pass out?

5. Why does Leigh share Howard's personal information during her live jewelry broadcast?

6. The first Sunday that Peggy Jean and her family go to church in the novel, how does Peggy Jean try to direct their lives?

7. Why does Max feel reassured after buying his copy of "Backstage"?

8. Now that you have read twelve chapters of the book, who do you believe is sending the e-mails to Peggy Jean?

9. Why do you think Peggy Jean's stalker keeps saying that Peggy Jean is hairy?

10. Why does Bebe say that Peggy Jean is shameless?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The tone of the novel is biting social commentary masked in humor that is often sarcastic, with occasional serious moments or scenes. How would the novel be different if it was written in a solely serious tone? When writing your response, consider how character development, plot events, and reader reception would be affected by a change in the novel's tone.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Peggy Jean is so bothered by Zoe's comments in her e-mails?

Essay Topic 3

Class discussions have covered a number of the novel's themes: marriage; responsibility; appearances; addiction; societal taboos; and ethnicity. Which of those themes (as well as any others discussed) do you feel is the strongest or most prevalent in the novel? Use examples and quotes from the novel to support your argument.

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