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

2. How does Old Mrs. Karafilis travel up and down stairs?

3. How does Trip Fontaine get home after the dance?

4. What appears in the window of Cecilia's old bedroom?

5. Where do the Lisbon girls spend the Day of Grieving?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Lux taken by ambulance to the hospital?

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

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

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

7. Why is Trip so flummoxed by his attraction to Lux?

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

9. How did the Lisbons deal with their friends' and neighbors' offers of sympathy?

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

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

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 3

During the media frenzy following the triple suicide, the boys, "For the first time ever...sympathized with the President because we saw how wildly our sphere of influence was misrepresented by those in no position to know what was going on." Please explain what they meant by this and discuss its justification.

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