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

3. How did Peg die?

4. Where does her aunt say Ginny can go to get her next assignment?

5. What was one of Aunt Peg's rules for Ginny's adventures?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Ginny and Carrie lose their backpacks?

3. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

4. 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?

5. What does Peg tell Ginny in her letter about Denmark?

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

7. How does Ginny find a key?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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