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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. What is the name of the cafe Ginny goes to?
2. What does Ginny do when they are on the boat?
3. Where do Ginny and Keith spend the night?
4. What does Ginny watch behind the field of windmills?
5. What does Ginny do after going to the ATM?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What does Keith tell her when she sees him at the hostel and what do they do from there?
3. Why does Ginny have to look for a hostel in Amsterdam and how does she feel about the first one she finds?
4. What does the key fit and what does Ginny find there? What does she do next?
5. What does Peg tell Ginny in her letter about Denmark?
6. Who does Ginny meet at the hostel in Copenhagen, what do they nickname her and why?
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. What do Keith and Ginny talk about at the cemetery and what do they do?
10. How does Ginny find the cafe and what does she do there?
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
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 3
Characters are an important part of what makes "13 Little Blue Envelopes" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ginny. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Peg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Richard. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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