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 does Cecilia do for the majority of the afternoon on the day she died?

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

3. Which sister has her own bedroom?

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

5. There is one boy that the rest of the group of boys are afraid of. Who is he?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were Mr. Lisbon's problems with the cemeteries he visited?

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

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

5. How did Cecilia Lisbon die?

6. What does Cecilia look like in her coffin?

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

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

9. What major revelation do the boys have upon entering the Lisbon girls' party?

10. Describe a few of the changes the boys noticed at the Lisbon house after Cecilia came home from the hospital.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Jeffrey Eugenides opens the book with the last Lisbon girl's suicide. How does that set the tone for the novel? Is it helpful to the reader or does it take away from the story?

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