Wintergirls Test | Final 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. Where does Elijah say he is moving?

2. Why doesn't Lia want to move back with her mother?

3. To whom does Lia compare herself as she lies in the ER?

4. How did Cassie's inner organs appear?

5. Why does Lia take a bus to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Cassie learn about the habits of binging and purging, and how does that knowledge affect her?

2. Why can't Lia sleep and what does she do instead?

3. What happens when Lia is selling the baked goods at the band concert?

4. What does Lia overhear her father and Jennifer discuss and how does she handle it?

5. What does Lia think about concerning Cassie as Lia Googles Cassie's name?

6. How does Lia act at Cassie's grave?

7. What does Lia tell her father when she's returned from Elijah's house and how does he react?

8. Where does Lia sometimes find herself in the middle of the night?

9. When is Lia allowed to go home and what does she feel is humorous about the situation?

10. Why does Lia's father enrage Lia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Laurie Halse Anderson.

2. What in Anderson's background may have helped her in writing "Wintergirls"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Wintergirls" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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