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 girls attempt to save from certain death?

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

3. What does Lux take with her to the hospital?

4. When the boys get to the Lisbon house, who is waiting for them?

5. Which of the following is not a condition of the girls' attendance at the Homecoming dance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How did the three older girls end their evening at the dance?

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

Communication--and the lack of it--plays a crucial role in the telling of this story. Please discuss ways in which the Lisbon girls communicate with the outside and with one another, as well as how a lack of communication affects the story.

Essay Topic 2

Describe several ways in which the parents of the neighborhood attempt to protect or shield their children from the Lisbons' suicides. Do their efforts succeed? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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