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

Sara Zarr
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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. Why is Darren surprised when Deanna arrives home?

2. How does Jason take the news that Stacy knows about Deanna's plan to live with her and Darren?

3. Whose pornography does Deanna supposedly view?

4. What does Deanna talk Stacy into doing?

5. What does Stacy suggest she and Deanna obtain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Deanna say about April and what is Deanna's fantasy concerning April and April's parents?

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

3. What does Deanna write in her journal after Tommy invited her to do something with him?

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

5. What happens to Deanna on the last day of school three years after the incident with Tommy?

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

7. What does Tommy invite Deanna to do that reminds her of a time she felt drawn to him?

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

9. What does Deanna start ascribing to the surfer girl?

10. What happens with Deanna when she is thirteen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Story of a Girl belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 3

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 Sara Zarr.

2. What in Zarr's background may have helped her in writing Story of a Girl? What may have influenced the way she 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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