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. In what condition is the Lisbons' basement?

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

3. What color corsages did the boys get for the Lisbon girls?

4. Which girl keeps watch for the boys?

5. Which of his daughters does Mr. Lisbon see eating M&Ms and feel as if she is a stranger?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mr. Lisbon's vision of a ghost.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Lux Lisbon becomes the one that we as readers know the most intimately. In a well-developed essay, describe her character, how it differs from her sisters', and how she fits into her family.

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