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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 is Lia thinking of when she imagines she smells dust, spiders, cloves and burnt sugar?

2. Where has Cassie been found?

3. Why does Lia leave the microwave door open?

4. Who invites Lia to sit with them at lunch?

5. What procedures does Cassie know?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What does Lia do against the advice of her parents and what does Lia keep imagining?

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

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

6. How does Jennifer feel about Cassie's death?

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

8. What news does Emma bring the next morning, and what is Lia's reaction?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Wintergirls", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Wintergirls". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Wintergirls". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Anderson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Anderson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Anderson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Anderson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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