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 Mr. Lisbon find Cecilia doing in preparation for the party?

2. Which Lisbon girl is thought of as "the weird sister"?

3. Where are the scars Cecilia tried to hide?

4. Who finds Cecilia's body first?

5. Where does Dominic end up moving to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the cemetery where Cecilia's service is held look like?

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

5. How did it happen that Paul Baldino found Cecilia in the bathtub?

6. What happens in the Baldinos' backyard to arouse neighborhood suspicions?

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

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

9. Why does Mr. Lisbon have to take a tour of several cemeteries?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

We have talked a lot about setting in the context of this novel. Please discuss in an essay what the setting of The Virgin Suicides is, how it affects the story, how it affects the characters, and how the characters affect the setting.

Essay Topic 2

Describe several ways in which the parents of the neighborhood attempt to protect or shield their children from the Lisbons' suicides. Do their efforts succeed? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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