1. What is CAPA? What is the reader told about it at the beginning of the novel?
CAPA is the Citywide Academy for the Performing Arts. It is a school meant to educate the most talented students in all areas of the arts. It is difficult to gain admission into this school.
2. Who are Sarah and David? What is the reader told about them at the beginning of the novel?
Sarah and David are two CAPA students. Sarah is the main protagonist of the first section of the novel. Both Sarah and David want to study acting; as the novel begins, the two are in a relationship and are about to begin their sophomore year.
3. Who is Mr. Kingsley? What is the reader told about him at the beginning of the novel? What indicates he might not be trustworthy?
Mr. Kingsley is the acting teacher at CAPA. The reader is told that he has high standards and is scornful towards those who do not meet these standards. He is described as coming into his classroom like a knife, a description that indicates he might not be a trustworthy person. This idea is reinforced by his teaching methods, which are questionable and border on inappropriate.
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