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. From what work of literature is the inscription on the stone?

2. When does Peg decide she is done with Paris?

3. Where does Peg go from Paris?

4. To what is the cafe out front of her hostel devoted?

5. Who invites Ginny to share a room at a hotel/hostel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who picks Ginny up in Copenhagen and where does he first take her?

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

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

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

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

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. How do Ginny and Carrie lose their backpacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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