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. What does Deanna decide will no longer affect her?

2. What did Tommy tell Deanna on the day she first felt drawn to him?

3. Who is Jason?

4. What does Deanna believe at the first place she stops with Lee?

5. How does Stacy describe Darren as a brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Stacy suggest when she picks up Deanna at work?

3. What argument does Deanna overhear?

4. What does Deanna discover when she arrives at work and how does her boss offer his support?

5. How does Deanna respond to Lee's dilemma?

6. What does Deanna and Lee do before Deanna has to work one evening?

7. How does Deanna describe Stacy?

8. What happens when Deanna goes to a pizza parlor to drop off a resume?

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

10. Who is April and how do Darren and Stacy support her and where do Darren and Stacy live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Story of a Girl is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Story of a Girl is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Story of a Girl. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Zarr chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Zarr chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Zarr's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Zarr use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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