The Virgin Suicides Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe Cecilia Lisbon's first attempt at suicide.

Cecilia is found naked in a warm bathtub, bleeding from both wrists, clutching a picture of the Virgin Mary.

2. What does Peter Sissen find in the Lisbon girls' bathroom?

Peter finds depilatory wax, deodorants, a hidden stash of makeup, boxes of tampons, a used tampon in the garbage, and perfumes in the bathroom.

3. When Peter Sissen reports back to the boys about his time inside the Lisbon house, what does Paul Baldino vow to do?

Paul Baldino vows to watch the Lisbon girls take their showers.

4. What happens in the Baldinos' backyard to arouse neighborhood suspicions?

The Baldinos have a minor construction project erected in their backyard, kept hidden under scaffolding and tarps, that is eventually revealed to be a realistic-looking tree stump made of cement, and there are various theories about what underhanded purpose it might serve.

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