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. What does Mrs. Lisbon force Lux to destroy?

2. What class does Lux Lisbon often skip with Julie Winthrop?

3. What interesting contraption does Mr. Lisbon have in his classroom?

4. What does Trip do in his car during the day?

5. Which girl keeps watch for the boys?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Lisbon's behavior at school change after Cecilia's suicide?

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

3. What do the boys make of Therese's ham radio conversations?

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

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

6. What was the media's first reaction to Cecilia's suicide, and why?

7. Describe the state of the Lisbons' basement on June 15th.

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

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

10. How do the Lisbon girls save, at least temporarily, their elm tree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

How does the state of the Lisbon house connect to the rest of the story? What connections can be drawn between the conditions of the house and the condition of the people inside it? How do the people viewing it from the outside respond? The people inside?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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