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 Lisbons and Trip watch on TV?

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

3. Which girl keeps watch for the boys?

4. What is Mary's favorite occupation?

5. What song's lyrics are published in the newspaper as a possible cause of the Lisbon girls' suicides?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Dr. Hornicker's opinion of Lux after meeting with her in the hospital?

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

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

5. How did Lux's date end?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the dance, Therese says to her date, "We just want to live. If anyone would let us." What does she mean? Are the Lisbon girls not living? Is she referring to Cecilia, or to her own future suicide? Is there someone or something refusing to let them live?

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

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?

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