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. What team members show up for a memorial for Cassie?

2. What does Chloe not do before she leaves?

3. What excuse does Lia give school for why she is not going to be there?

4. Over what do Cassie and Lia bond?

5. To what are Lia and Cassie welcomed back after some time has passed in the fifth grade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Lia feel as she thinks about Cassie's body in the morgue?

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

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

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

10. How does Lia get out of going to school that morning and where does she go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Wintergirls" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Wintergirls"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Wintergirls" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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

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.

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