Story of a Girl Test | Final 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. Whom does Deanna unsuccessfully try to reach the next morning?

2. What does Tommy say to Deanna?

3. What does Lee invite Deanna to do?

4. What surprises Darren about Deanna's working situation?

5. What does Deanna tell Jason she intends to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tommy's response to Deanna's "melt-down"?

2. What do Deanna and Darren do together that evening?

3. What does Darren learn when he calls Stacy's family?

4. What does the note found in Stacy's car say?

5. Describe the situation that interrupts Deanna's questioning of Jason about her time with Tommy.

6. What does Deanna realize about Tommy and about herself?

7. How does Michael reveal that he has hurt someone in a romantic relationship?

8. How do Jason and Deanna end up back at Jason's house?

9. How does Deanna end up being in a car with Tommy?

10. Why does Deanna call Jason to come earlier and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Over the course of Story of a Girl, Deanna grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Story of a Girl might be considered a slice of Deanna's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that Story of a Girl is a "bildungsroman" of Deanna. 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 Deanna as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, more mature teen. What are the significant events that change Deanna?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Deanna's growth throughout Story of a Girl, do you think Story of a Girl could be considered Deanna's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Story of a Girl who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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