Veronika Decides to Die Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paulo Coelho
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Mid-Book 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. Why does Veronika become very angry in Chapter 13?

2. What was the name of Paulo's doctor when he was at the mental hospital?

3. Which country does Veronika live in?

4. Who laughs at Veronika in Chapter 13?

5. Why could Zedka never be with her love?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Veronika react whens he learns that she has a week to live?

2. Why were Eduard's parents happy when he started dating his first girlfriend?

3. How does Veronika feel after she has masturbated?

4. Why does Veronika change her mind about wanting to see her mother?

5. What does Veronika experience during her first heart attack?

6. What does Zedka experience during her treatments?

7. Why does Veronika smack the leader of The Fraternity?

8. What is Mari's belief for why Veronika has been playing the piano more and more frequently?

9. Why does Veronika decide to not touch Eduard even though she wants to while she masturbates?

10. Why do the residents laugh at Veronika after her heart attack?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many of the residents of Villete suffer from some kind of mental illness. Paulo Coelho is sensitive when he touches upon the subject. He treats it with respect. Write an essay that explains how the story handles the issues associated with mental illness. Which characters in Veronika Decides to Die suffer from some type of mental illness? How did these characters come to Villete? What sort of treatment do they go through? Are they ever "cured" of their illness?

Essay Topic 2

The doctors and nurses of Villete play a very important role in the plot of Veronika Decides to Die. However, none of these characters are given names other than Dr. Igor. Write an essay that explains why the author, Paulo Coelho, chose not to name the doctors and nurses of Villete. What are some of the responsibilities of the doctors and nurses? Do they ever object to the orders they are given? Are there times when they question the orders of their boss, Dr. Igor?

Essay Topic 3

The conclusion of Veronika Decides to Die leaves many questions for the reader. Paulo Coelho, the author, leaves the book open to many possibilities after the closing action of Chapter 29. Specifically, the last thing Dr. Igor does is to begin writing his report on Veronika's experiment. Write an essay that analyzes the falling action and conclusion to the story. What does Dr. Igor plan on doing after his report has been completed? Why does he neglect the security breach of Villete in favor of completing his writing? Are Eduard and Veronika likely to be forced back to Villete?

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