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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. Which of the Lisbon girls is the last to attempt suicide?

2. How long before her death does Cecilia begin writing her diary?

3. Who finds Cecilia after her first suicide attempt?

4. Whose late arrival gives life to the party?

5. Why do Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon not find Cecilia's demeanor during the party strange?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Trip Fontaine "make his move" regarding Lux?

3. Describe the state of the Lisbons' basement on June 15th.

4. What did Mary look like when she was found dead?

5. How did the emergency workers retrieve Cecilia's body?

6. How does the Lisbon girls' party differ from other parties the boys have attended?

7. What are Cecilia's two moods toward the end of the diary?

8. What do the boys make of Therese's ham radio conversations?

9. Who was Dominic Palazzano and what was his part in Cecilia's story?

10. How does Mary spend her time at home after her stay in the hospital?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Please discuss the use and effectiveness of foreshadowing throughout the novel. How does Eugenides use it to set the tone? How does it affect the reader? Is it effective? Please explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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