Crescendo & Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: Essay & Project Ideas

Looking for some divine inspiration? Below you’ll find both essay topics and project ideas relating to Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush and Crescendo.

Essay topics:

  • The title, Hush, Hush is never directly mentioned in the book. To what (or who) does it refer? Why do you think this title was chosen? What does the sequel’s title, Crescendo, mean? Use examples from the texts to back up your answers.
  • Boundaries and barriers (or lack thereof) are everywhere in Hush, Hush and Crescendo. Pick two or three and explain their significance, both literal and figurative. Use the texts and outside sources to reinforce your explanations.
  • Both the Hush, Hush series and the Twilight series feature extraordinary male leads paired with average girls. What other similarities can you find? Make sure to find examples in the texts and use quotes when appropriate.
  • A literary foil is a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight various features of the main character’s personality: to throw the character of the protagonist into sharper relief. A foil also usually has some important characteristics in common with the other character — superficial traits or personal history. In Hush, Hush, who is Nora’s foil? Prove it, using the text to support your claim.
  • Compare and contrast how different religions and denominations view angels. Are they called by different names? Do they have different physical characteristics? What about their purpose? Are they viewed as friendly or to be feared?


  • Create a presentation about the different types of angels. Use (and cite!) some visual representations, as well as quotes in literature about the different kinds. The Bible is a great source, but there are others, as well. To get you started, read our post on Angelology.
  • Draw a picture of the Black Hand’s ring mentioned in Crescendo. What features would you put on it and why? Explain the significance of each feature.
  • If you’ve read Crescendo, you know Marcie Millar has a bone to pick with Nora. If Nora had read Marcie’s journal, what would it have said? Write several entries from Marcie’s point of view.
  • The third book in the series will be out Oct. 18, 2011. Who will be on the cover? Design your own and explain your choices.
  • Choose a scene and create a 4-8 panel graphic novel spread. Remember that graphic novels focus on visual storytelling, so concentrate on what images you’ll depict and choosing dialogue that will enhance your images.

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