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. About what does Stacy say Darren may not be happy?

2. What does Deanna let go upon reflection?

3. How does Darren feel about Stacy leaving?

4. What does Deanna have to do in order to find out what is happening with Darren and Stacy?

5. With what does Deanna feel uncomfortable?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Deanna relieved when she calls Jason to tell him about Stacy?

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

3. How does Deanna miss an opportunity to close the gap between her and her father?

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

5. What happens between Darren and Deanna as he is getting April ready to go search for Stacy?

6. What happens when Deanna and Jason kiss?

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

8. Why is Deanna surprised at work and why is Darren surprised when he arrives at her workplace?

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

10. What happens to make Deanna confront Tommy about their previous history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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).

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Story of a Girl. Questions that Zarr most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Zarr' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Zarr' probable agenda concerning that idea.

3. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

4. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

5. Research the life of Zarr and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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