Pet Sematary 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. Why do local children often take the path?

2. How high does Gage's fever get?

3. How does Louis escape from the worries associated with a move and a new job?

4. Who leads Louis over the deadfall in Chapter 22?

5. What holiday do the children look forward to in Chapter 20?

Short Essay Questions

1. What alarms Louis on the first day of school as he pulls into the medical center parking lot?

2. How does Louis explain to Ellie about the cat getting "fixed."

3. Who is Louis's first patient at the university medical center on the first day of school?

4. Discuss two examples of foreshadowing in Chapters 6-10.

5. Why does Louis return home feeling petty after his first visit to Jud's house?

6. What does Louis notice about the family pet after getting it neutered? What do the other family members notice?

7. Discuss the difference between Louis's and Rachel's thoughts regarding death.

8. Who told Jud about the Indian burial ground and why?

9. Why doesn't Louis doubt Jud's tale about the evil powers at the Indian burial grounds?

10. What does Jud say the community believed about the Wendigo and what is his own belief?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How was Victor Pascow important to the story? What was his role and how did he fulfill it? How did the author's decision to use a stranger for this role impact the story?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapters 51-57, Louis and Rachel are both experiencing some conflict. Define conflict and discuss in detail the conflicts facing Louis and Rachel in these chapters. Please also note the technique in which the author reports or expresses the urgency of the conflict.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss foreshadowing and its importance in writing mystery or suspense novels. Select five memorable instances of foreshadowing from the story and write about them in detail. Why did those five instances stay on your mind?

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