The Virgin Suicides Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mr. Lisbon talk about with the neighborhood fathers who come to visit?

2. What is Old Mrs. Karafilis' weekly ritual?

3. Where does Mary go by herself?

4. What does Trip ask Mr. Lisbon during fourth period?

5. In what condition is the Lisbons' basement?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the title The Virgin Suicides: is it appropriate? What does it mean, exactly? Do the characters contribute to its authenticity? Are there actually virgin suicides? Can you think of a better title? If so, what is it, and why would you choose it?

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

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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