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

2. What is Ginny to do at a cafe?

3. Where does Ginny go next?

4. How much money does Ginny need to give the Knapps?

5. What does Ginny buy at a grocery store?

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 do the first day with the Knapps?

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

4. What does Ginny see with Knud and what happens there?

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

6. 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?

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

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. Why does Ginny have to look for a hostel in Amsterdam and how does she feel about the first one she finds?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.)

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ginny and Peg. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Richard and Ginny. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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