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 Trip do in his car during the day?

2. What health issue is Lux discovered to have while in the hospital?

3. Who is Linda Perl?

4. What does Mr. Lisbon attempt to flush down the toilet?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Virgin Suicides is written from an unusual first-person plural point of view. How does this point of view affect how the story is told? What characters are part of the "we," and why do you think the author uses this deliberate ambiguity?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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