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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 does Lia say when she answers Cassie's calls?

2. What does Jennifer have that disproves Chloe's accusations?

3. What does Lia do despite her parents advice not to do so?

4. What does Lia do in a movie theater?

5. Why do Cassie's parents make her go to the psychiatrist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who calls Lia before she leaves for school after she has weighed herself?

2. Describe Lia's experience as she sees Cassie in the coffin.

3. What actions does the support group decide to make in order to honor Cassie, and what is Lia's response when her opinion is asked?

4. What does Lia feel when she wakes the next morning?

5. What does Elijah tell Lia and why does she tell him her name is Emma?

6. What does Lia's scale reveal to her and what is her response?

7. How does Lia act at mealtime to make it appear that she's eating more than she is?

8. What does Lia know she should do when she is feeling negative, but what does she do instead?

9. What does Lia have for breakfast and what is her hope will happen as a result?

10. Where is Lia at the opening of the novel and what is the news Jennifer announces?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Wintergirls" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Wintergirls" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Lia bribes Elijah for help with food and convinces him to take her with him to Mississippi. Biblically, Elijah is a character known for raising the dead, so keen readers will have high expectations for this novel's Elijah. It is unexpected, then, when Lia awakens from sleep to find that Elijah has stolen her money and abandoned her. In a way, it appears that Elijah has not lived up to his namesake, and that he has betrayed his friendship to Lia. When the reader truly considers what friendship is, however, they may reconsider their reaction to Elijah's actions. Friendship should mean one individual wanting the best for another. If Elijah had taken Lia with him to Mississippi, he would have been enabling her disease. By forcing her to ask her family for help, Elijah truly is doing what is best for her. At the end of the novel, Lia does reach out to her family and she eventually gets the help she needs. In a way, this novel's Elijah has fulfilled his role of raising the dead.

1. Discuss, in depth, reasons why Elijah might have run from Lia. Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

2. Do you think Elijah is a true friend for abandoning Lia and telling her to talk to her parents? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your reasoning.

3. Do you think Elijah did what he did because it was best for Lia or because it was best for himself? Why? Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

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