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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 Ginny go next?
2. What does Mrs. Knapp give Ginny the next day?
3. From what work of literature is the inscription on the stone?
4. How did Peg die?
5. What does Olivia offer Ginny?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?
2. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?
3. Where does Ginny go first in Paris and what does the letter say that she opens there?
4. What does Ginny do the first day with the Knapps?
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. What does Ginny see with Knud and what happens there?
7. Who picks Ginny up in Copenhagen and where does he first take her?
8. 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?
9. Where do Keith and Ginny spend the night in Paris?
10. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?
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
Ginny always felt as though she was more interesting around her Aunt Peg. She was rather shy and tried hard to blend in wherever possible, which was almost impossible with a thirty pound green and purple backpack. It is a June afternoon when Ginny arrived at the 4th Noodle Penthouse to pick up the package left to her by Aunt Peg. The smell is immediately familiar and she half expects Peg to come in any second, but of course that is impossible. She can't believe her Aunt is actually gone. Her visits to Peg had been infrequent, but magical. Peg had always been flighty, so when her phone stopped working, no one panicked.
1. Discuss, in detail, why you think Ginny always felt more interesting around her aunt. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.
2. Discuss, in detail, ways in which you think Ginny could overcome her shyness. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.
3. Discuss what you think Ginny might be feeling and thinking when she enters the penthouse. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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