Final Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ginny examine as her benefactors are at dinner?
2. What does Mrs. Knapp give Ginny the next day?
3. How much money does Ginny need to give the Knapps?
4. What does Ginny almost do when Miriam's IM lights up?
5. What does Keith say about Peg's room?
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?
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.
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maureen Johnson.
2. What in Johnson's background may have helped him in writing "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
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