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 clean off the Lisbons' house?

2. What do the girls order to help them escape their boredom?

3. Which of these is not an observation made about Lux in the weeks following her removal from school?

4. Where is Lux Lisbon's body found?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe three ways in which the Lisbon girls tried to contact the boys.

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

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

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

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

7. What is Mrs. Lisbon's reaction to Lux's disobedience?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The character of Old Mrs. Karafilis is introduced in Chapter 4 and is only active for a short portion of the book. She, however, represents several important factors otherwise missing from the characters surrounding the Lisbon girls' tragedy. Describe Old Mrs. Karafilis, her connection to the girls, and the importance her character has on the telling of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Jeffrey Eugenides opens the book with the last Lisbon girl's suicide. How does that set the tone for the novel? Is it helpful to the reader or does it take away from the story?

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