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

2. What are the green pamphlets sent out by the Chamber of Commerce about?

3. Whose idea is the "Day of Grieving"?

4. Which girl keeps watch for the boys?

5. How does Therese communicate with the outside world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rebellious activities does Lux engage in?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the major themes of The Virgin Suicides is grief. How do different characters in the novel deal with their grief? Are some ways more effective than others? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Trip Fontaine is a central character in the Lisbon girls' story, especially Lux's. Compare and contrast his life with that of the Lisbon girls. What is his purpose in the novel? What does he represent to the girls, and to their parents, and to the town as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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