Story of a Girl Test | Final 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. Why does Michael leave the pizza parlor early?

2. What does Deanna say to Stacy in response?

3. What does Deanna's mother try to convince everyone to do?

4. What does Deanna realize about Tommy?

5. What does Deanna write about memories?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Deanna and Jason kiss?

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

5. Where does Stacy say she was and what does Darren say when Deanna calls him and what is Deanna's response?

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

7. How does Deanna comfort Stacy when Stacy talks about Stacy's recent running away?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Deanna continues to move forward into her future and into new relationships with her family and friends, facing and accepting the realities of her present and possible future without any of it being, or at least feeling, haunted by the circumstances of the past. Without overtly saying so in narration, she comes across as freer and freer all the time, more connected to herself and open to genuine experiences with her family and friends, whatever those experiences might be and whatever her initial uneasiness and/or reluctance.

1. Discuss the ways in which Deanna is changing in her relationships with her family and friends. Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Deanna is becoming free of her past? Why or why not? Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the fears that has kept Deanna tied to her past and how she might overcome them. Use examples from Story of a Girl and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Story of a Girl help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Story of a Girl? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Story of a Girl to discuss and compare the character's response to how you think you would respond.

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