13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does Knud take Ginny?

2. What was one of Aunt Peg's rules for Ginny's adventures?

3. Where do Ginny and Keith spend the night?

4. Where does Ginny ride when Knud picks her up at the airport?

5. What reason does Ginny suggest that makes Keith interested in her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ginny go after Copenhagen and how does she end up with friends going with her?

2. 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?

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

4. Where do Keith and Ginny spend the night in Paris?

5. 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?

6. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?

7. 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?

8. What does Keith tell her when she sees him at the hostel and what do they do from there?

9. 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?

10. How does Ginny find a key?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" belongs to the teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen novel and a historical novel?

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