13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Final Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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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 does Carrie ask Ginny?

2. What does Piet tell Ginny about Aunt Peg's instructions?

3. What does Ginny realize after Knud disappears for a brief time?

4. To whom is Ginny supposed to send her flight information?

5. What does Richard tell Ginny?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ginny see with Knud and what happens there?

2. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?

3. How does Ginny find a key?

4. What does Ginny do when she leaves Richard after learning he was Peg's husband?

5. How do Ginny and Carrie lose their backpacks?

6. What does Peg tell Ginny in her letter about Denmark?

7. What does the key fit and what does Ginny find there? What does she do next?

8. What does Ginny do the first day with the Knapps?

9. What does Peg tell Ginny about the last envelope and what does Ginny say when Carrie asks her when she is going to open it?

10. What does Ginny tell Keith about Richard and what does he say to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maureen Johnson.

2. What in Johnson's background may have helped him in writing "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in the story. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

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