The Virgin Suicides Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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

In the days leading up to and including the multiple suicides, the boys go through a wide variety of emotions. How do the girls' actions affect them? Are the girls leading them along, or are the boys truly emotionally invested? Do they only feel what the girls intend them to? What is their final conclusion as they stare at Bonnie's body hanging from a rafter?

Essay Topic 3

The Virgin Suicides is written from an unusual first-person plural point of view. How does this point of view affect how the story is told? What characters are part of the "we," and why do you think the author uses this deliberate ambiguity?

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