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. What does Lia intend to tell Elijah?

2. For what does Cassie's ghost say she is waiting?

3. Where does Elijah say he is moving?

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

5. What does Lia remember as she drives past Cassie's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How much does Lia weigh and what does she think about the weight spiral?

3. What happens when Lia goes to get pain medication for Emma?

4. Describe the damage to Cassie's body as a result of her eating disorder.

5. What does Lia want to know about Cassie and what does she have to do to gain the knowledge?

6. What happens as a result of Lia eating the cupcakes?

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

8. What does Jennifer say to Lia that prompts Lia to really talk to Dr. Parker?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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