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

2. What happens just as the paramedics arrive?

3. Why are the neighborhood children kept from the funeral?

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

5. When, according to the boys, had "the majority of the dying" occurred?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cecilia look like in her coffin?

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

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

4. Describe the appearance of Cecilia's diary.

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

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

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

8. Describe Cecilia's bedroom.

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

10. Why were the boys happy that Joe came to the party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the story of the Lisbon girls to the story of the dying elm trees. How does one represent the other? How are they connected?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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