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. Where do Ginny and Keith spend the night?

2. Who does Peg see where she goes after Paris?

3. Where does her aunt say Ginny can go to get her next assignment?

4. What does Emmett tell the cab driver?

5. What does Ginny tell her companions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What do Keith and Ginny talk about at the cemetery and what do they do?

8. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

9. Where is Ginny suppose to go after Rome, where is she suppose to stay and why?

10. How does Ginny find the cafe and what does she do there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ginny decides to buy all the tickets to the show in order to donate the money to the producer. She then realizes the flaw in her plan. Though she'd bought out all the tickets, she effectively ensured that no one else would see him perform. The next morning Ginny finds herself evaluating the choices she made where clothing and footwear is concerned. She is sorry that she ever read the guidebooks that recommended white sneakers. She not only didn't blend in the way she generally preferred to, but actually stood out. Ginny realizes that this is likely one of the reasons Aunt Peg instructed her to avoid the guidebooks entirely. Frankly, she felt like a freak.

1. Discuss the ways in which Ginny both harmed and helped Keith by buying all the tickets. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Ginny seems to have made a couple of bad choices in clothing and in giving away the money from her aunt. If Ginny was her friend what would you advise her? Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Thinking over a day in school, without names, discuss a student in your school who you thinks is like Ginny, shy and trying to blend in all the time. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Questions that Johnson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Johnson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Johnson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Johnson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Johnson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Johnson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

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