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. How does Ginny respond to Carrie's question?

2. What does Ginny do when they are on the boat?

3. When does Ginny say she'll open the last letter?

4. What is the name of the cafe Ginny goes to?

5. What does Richard tell Ginny?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the group do when the leave the beach in Greece and what does Ginny do when she finds out she has no money?

2. Where does Ginny go first in Paris and what does the letter say that she opens there?

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

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

5. What does Olivia tell Ginny when they discuss using the internet?

6. How do Ginny and Carrie lose their backpacks?

7. What does Ginny find at the second hostel she stops at and how does she end up spending the night there? What does she do once she has a place?

8. What does Peg say about Paris when she finished her job at the cafe and what does she tell Ginny she is to do next?

9. How does Ginny feel about getting out of the cemetery and what does Keith do when she says she missed the locking of the hostel?

10. Who does Ginny meet at the hostel in Copenhagen, what do they nickname her and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", Ginny grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "13 Little Blue Envelopes" might be considered a slice of Ginny's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that this story is a "bildungsroman" of Ginny Blackstone. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Ginny as she changes from a shy teen to a more confident young woman. What are the significant events that change Ginny?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ginny's growth throughout "13 Little Blue Envelopes", do you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" could be considered Ginny's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "13 Little Blue Envelopes" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus teens? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "13 Little Blue Envelopes" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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