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 do the boys find in the basement?

2. What do the Lisbons and Trip watch on TV?

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

4. What do the Lisbons do with the flowers they receive?

5. What do the men of the neighborhood try to remove?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Lux's date end?

9. What rebellious activities does Lux engage in?

10. What signs did the Lisbon girls show of rejoining the community?

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

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.

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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