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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 read online after her visitor(s) leave(s)?

2. How does Lia make it look like there is more food on her plate when she eats a meal?

3. What does Lia think she sees when she wakes the next morning?

4. Who calls Lia as she is about to drive to school?

5. How many times does Cassie call Lia the night before?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lia go read on her computer after the detectives leave?

3. What does Chloe insist about Lia and what is Jennifer's proof otherwise?

4. Why does Elijah escort Lia out of the funeral home and where do they go?

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

6. How does Lia make it appear as though she has eaten when she is home that afternoon?

7. Describe the scene that leads to Lia receiving detention.

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

9. What does Cassie say to Lia in the messages Cassie leaves on Lia's phone?

10. What do the two detectives who question Lia ask and what does she tell them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Wintergirls"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Wintergirls", including why you believe it is indeed foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from the text and your own live to support your opinion.

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Cassie and Lia. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Lia's Mother and Lia's Father. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Wintergirls" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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