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 his daughters does Mr. Lisbon see eating M&Ms and feel as if she is a stranger?

2. What does Mrs. Lisbon force Lux to destroy?

3. What does Trip do in his car during the day?

4. How does Therese kill herself?

5. What kind of car does Trip drive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Lux's date end?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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