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. Why is Lia knitting a blanket?

2. What does Lia intend to tell Elijah?

3. What does Lia watch her father do absentmindedly?

4. What had Cassie done when she was eleven of which she was unhappy about?

5. Of what does Lia convince herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Lia encounter at Cassie's burial and how does that let Elijah learn Lia's real name?

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

3. How does Lia experience the emergency room?

4. Why does Cassie's ghost call Lia a "wintergirl"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Emma ask Lia when Emma finds Lia crying in the bathroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Wintergirls" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Lia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Cassie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Elijah. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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