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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. From where do the boys watch the paramedics arrive at the Lisbon house?

2. What does Mrs. Pitzenberger think she sees in Cecilia's hand?

3. Which sister has her own bedroom?

4. Who finds Cecilia's body first?

5. What major event has never happened in the town during the boys' lifetimes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name three events the boys read about in Cecilia's diary.

2. How does Mr. Lisbon's behavior at school change after Cecilia's suicide?

3. Name at least five exhibits in the boys' collection.

4. How did Lux's date end?

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

6. What kinds of changes did the young couple who purchased the Lisbons' home make to it?

7. What is Mrs. Lisbon's reaction to Lux's disobedience?

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

9. What signs did the Lisbon girls show of rejoining the community?

10. What is the coroner's reaction to the bodies of the Lisbon girls?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the major themes of The Virgin Suicides is grief. How do different characters in the novel deal with their grief? Are some ways more effective than others? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Trip Fontaine is a central character in the Lisbon girls' story, especially Lux's. Compare and contrast his life with that of the Lisbon girls. What is his purpose in the novel? What does he represent to the girls, and to their parents, and to the town as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

The Virgin Suicides is full of sexual and religious symbolism. Please choose at least three major symbols and explain their significance to the story and relation to one another, and explain how these two seemingly disparate subjects intertwine.

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