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 does Ginny ride when Knud picks her up at the airport?

2. What do the people call Ginny when she joins them at the hostel?

3. Where does Keith go when he hops a fence?

4. What does Ginny examine as her benefactors are at dinner?

5. What are Keith and Ginny unable to find in Richard's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ginny tell Keith about Richard and what does he say to her?

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

3. How does Ginny find a key?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What is one of Peg's rules about the states and who does Ginny contact in the hostel in Paris? What happens when she does?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

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

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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