The Virgin Suicides Test | Final 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. How does Therese kill herself?

2. Whose idea is the "Day of Grieving"?

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

4. What do Lux and Julie do instead of going to class?

5. What is different about Trip Fontaine's home life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the boys spend the early part of the evening on June 15?

2. Describe Mary Lisbon's favorite way to pass time during the imprisonment.

3. What happens on Trip Fontaine's vacation in Acapulco that changes his life significantly?

4. How did Lux's date end?

5. What do the boys see when they first look into the Lisbons' home on June 15th?

6. Describe the physical changes happening to the Lisbon home.

7. How did Trip Fontaine "make his move" regarding Lux?

8. What rebellious activities does Lux engage in?

9. Describe the state of the Lisbon house in Chapter 4.

10. What was "The Day of Grieving" and how was it observed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Communication--and the lack of it--plays a crucial role in the telling of this story. Please discuss ways in which the Lisbon girls communicate with the outside and with one another, as well as how a lack of communication affects the story.

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

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?

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