Opening Scene Flashback Final Scene Sylvia's Life Extra Thoughts

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What is the name of the main character?
Milicent

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What is the name of Milicent's best friend?
Tracy

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What is the moment the flashback ends.
"Seated now on the woodpile in Betsy Johnson's cellar..."

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What is Sylvia's achievement at age 8?
she published her first poem

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What is the description of the man who told Millicent about the heather birds.
He is described as gnome like.

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What is the name of the social club that Milicent wants to join?
high school sorority

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What is an example of Milicent's self-doubt about joining the sorority.
"So now they have picked Milicent Arnold. I never would have guessed it."

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What is the moment Milicent realizes that her "own private initiation" has begun.
Heather imagines the heather birds.

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What is Mademoiselle magazine?
At age 21, she was quest editor.

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What is a flashback?
Author's use this technique to let the reader know important background information.

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What is a cellar or basement?
Milicent is locked in this room.

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What are examples of "hazing?"
Milicent is told to make a bed, walk ten paces behind her "big sister," and can't talk to boys.

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What is Milicent's decision not to join the sorority.
"It was then that she made her decision"

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What is "sufferred a mental breakdown?"
While at Smith College this occurred to Sylvia.

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What is internal conflict?
This is a struggle that takes place within a character.

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What is "She could not exactly say what had decided her revolt..."
Milicent's flashback begins at this point.

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What is evidence that Millicent is having doubts about the importance of the sorority?
"Do you mind if I ask you what happened to Tracy?" Millicent said.

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What is the fact that Millicent underwent the sorority's initiation, but she decided not to accept the membership?
Millicent knew that she would have difficulty explaining this to the girls.

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What is "personal and complex?"
Plath's poems can be described as

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What is the main conflict of the story?
Millicent is having trouble deciding whether or not to join the sorority.

"Initiation" by Sylvia Plath

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