The Virgin Suicides Test | 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 annual household chore does Mr. Lisbon ignore this year?

2. Who is Miss Lynn Kilsem?

3. What is Lux wearing when she climbs into Trip's car?

4. What does Mrs. Lisbon force Lux to destroy?

5. Who fetches the Lisbons' mail?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

At the dance, Therese says to her date, "We just want to live. If anyone would let us." What does she mean? Are the Lisbon girls not living? Is she referring to Cecilia, or to her own future suicide? Is there someone or something refusing to let them live?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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