The Virgin Suicides Test | Mid-Book 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. What happens just as the paramedics arrive?

2. Which of these is NOT something the boys get Joe to do?

3. How much time elapses between the first Lisbon girl's attempt at suicide and the last Lisbon girl's attempt?

4. Where are the scars Cecilia tried to hide?

5. Which Lisbon sister used a depilatory wax?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Cecilia's bedroom.

2. What does Cecilia look like in her coffin?

3. What is the narrators' final conclusion about the girls' suicides?

4. How did Cecilia Lisbon die?

5. What do the adult boys discover about Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon after speaking to Mr. Lisbon?

6. Why is Trip so flummoxed by his attraction to Lux?

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

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

9. How did the boys obtain Cecilia's diary?

10. Why is Lux taken by ambulance to the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most people, after a tragedy, look for something or someone on whom to put the blame, even if it is the victim(s). This happens several times throughout the course of the novel. Please discuss at least three ways in which a character tries to place blame, including on whom/what, why, and how it affects other characters/the story itself.

Essay Topic 2

During the media frenzy following the triple suicide, the boys, "For the first time ever...sympathized with the President because we saw how wildly our sphere of influence was misrepresented by those in no position to know what was going on." Please explain what they meant by this and discuss its justification.

Essay Topic 3

The character of Old Mrs. Karafilis is introduced in Chapter 4 and is only active for a short portion of the book. She, however, represents several important factors otherwise missing from the characters surrounding the Lisbon girls' tragedy. Describe Old Mrs. Karafilis, her connection to the girls, and the importance her character has on the telling of the story.

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