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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 Lia get detention?

2. How does Jennifer feel about Cassie?

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

4. What have Lia's teachers done?

5. What does Lia weigh when she goes into the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lia do after dinner and when her father comes in to her bedroom?

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

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

5. Why do Lia's parents insist she see the psychiatrist that day and how does Lia behave during the session?

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

7. What are the ground rules in the support group of Cassie?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the movie theater, Lia cuts her hips with a razorblade, another form of self-mutilation. Cutting is a different type of pain than starvation. It is immediate, and many cutters feel the need to self-harm when faced with extremely painful emotion. Because they cannot control the emotional pain, they feel the need to control their physical pain, creating a physical outlet for what is happening inside them. Clearly, this is what is happening with Lia. The visit to the motel had a profound emotional effect on her but she does not have the coping skills to deal with her grief. She is too controlled to cry or ask for help so her pain needs a different outlet: a physical one.

1. Explain what you think are the reasons that Lia cuts herself. Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

2. Do you think it is always necessary to control emotional pain? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

3. What do you think are some of the coping skills a teenager might use to deal with emotional pain? Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

"Wintergirls" belongs to the young adult novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young adult novel and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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