Wintergirls Test | 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. Who invites Lia to sit with them at lunch?

2. Why is Cassie ostracized in fifth grade?

3. Why is Lia excited when she gets on the scale later in her room?

4. Who does Cassie ask to escort her to Cassie's funeral?

5. What does Cassie do when she lies on the floor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Lia and Cassie first meet?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What does Elijah ask Lia and what does Lia do in response?

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Wintergirls". Questions that Anderson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Anderson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book, and then discuss Anderson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Anderson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Even at the support group meeting at school, Lia cannot process what has happened to her friend. Even though Cassie was her best friend, Lia has no suggestions for ways in which Cassie could be remembered. When she looks around at her fellow classmates, Lia doesn't understand how they get up each day, eat their food, go to their classes. To Lia, going to school is like going to the cafeteria. Teachers inject them with information. Parents divide the day into "healthy ingredients" like sports, community service, art. In school, teachers control your day and grade you on your performance. Lia's metaphor for school is related back to food because this is how she exercises her own control. She hates school for the same reasons that she hates eating: it takes away the fierce control she has over every single aspect of her life. Because she is too busy controlling her own actions, Lia doesn't care about the actions of others, even when those actions relate to her best friend's memorial. Lia simply doesn't have enough energy.

1. Discuss the ways in which Lia thinks she is different from all the other students at school. Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss events and situations which are beyond a teenager's control and why they might be that way. Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

3. If Lia wanted to exercise control in her life in a healthy manner, what do you think are some of the ways she could do that? Use examples from your own life and "Wintergirls" to support your reasoning.

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