Story of a Girl Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. About what do the boys taunt Deanna?

2. Whom is Jason dating?

3. What does Stacy suggest she and Deanna obtain?

4. Who is April?

5. Instead of a diary, what does a teacher suggest the students keep?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Deanna transform her experience with Tommy?

2. How do Deanna and Lee become friends?

3. How does Deanna's surfer girl stories become journal entries?

4. Who interrupts the assault on Deanna and how is he treated?

5. How does Deanna describe Darren?

6. About what does Deanna's father hint at when she sees him at home after school?

7. What argument does Deanna overhear?

8. What does Deanna's mother want to do on Sunday morning?

9. How long has it been that Deanna's father has not really spoken or looked at her?

10. How do Stacy and Jason react to Deanna's dream of moving out of home with Stacy and Darren?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Deanna and Darren. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Deanna and Lee. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Story of a Girl help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The narrative's thematic interest in honesty and vulnerability comes to the forefront in this section. The narrative here creates the sense that because Deanna has set the future course of her life in motion (i.e. discovering her capacity to be honest and acting to build on the sense of healing freedom that she feels as the result of being honest), there is room for other possibilities for fulfillment to emerge. Her cleaning her room is a metaphoric externalization / representation in her life.

1. Discuss the relationship between honesty and vulnerability. Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

2. What possibilities to you think might emerge in Deanna's life? Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss how cleaning her room is a metaphor for Deanna's changes in her life. Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

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