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. What does Ginny win?

2. What does Ginny buy at a grocery store?

3. Where does Ginny go next?

4. What does Piet tell Ginny about Aunt Peg's instructions?

5. To whom is Ginny supposed to send her flight information?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?

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

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

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 do Keith and Ginny talk about at the cemetery and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ginny decides to buy all the tickets to the show in order to donate the money to the producer. She then realizes the flaw in her plan. Though she'd bought out all the tickets, she effectively ensured that no one else would see him perform. The next morning Ginny finds herself evaluating the choices she made where clothing and footwear is concerned. She is sorry that she ever read the guidebooks that recommended white sneakers. She not only didn't blend in the way she generally preferred to, but actually stood out. Ginny realizes that this is likely one of the reasons Aunt Peg instructed her to avoid the guidebooks entirely. Frankly, she felt like a freak.

1. Discuss the ways in which Ginny both harmed and helped Keith by buying all the tickets. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Ginny seems to have made a couple of bad choices in clothing and in giving away the money from her aunt. If Ginny was her friend what would you advise her? Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Thinking over a day in school, without names, discuss a student in your school who you thinks is like Ginny, shy and trying to blend in all the time. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

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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