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. What does Louis find in his bed sheets?

2. Why does Louis scream when he returns home from his nightly visit to Jud's house?

3. What was Louis's employment dream?

4. Who is sick when the plane lands?

5. What happens when Louis climbs the deadfall in Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Stanny B know so much about the Micmac Indians?

4. What do the Indians believe about the Wendigo and how does this belief affect their sacred burial grounds?

5. What medical emergency does Louis help with on Halloween night?

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

7. What is the argument between Rachel and Louis regarding their pet and why is it important to the story?

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

9. What discrepancy in Jud's pet story did Louis recall?

10. What grudge does Louis hold against his father-in-law and why doesn't the man like Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify and define exposition. What did the reader learn from the exposition in Pet Sematary? Was the information consistent throughout the book or did it change? Explain your answer and reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

There are four points of view in which literature is usually written: first person, third person objective, third person limited, and omniscient. Which point of view does the author use in this book? Is this the most effective point of view for this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the life and accomplishments of the Pet Sematary author, Stephen King. How did he begin his writing career? What other jobs has he performed? What other works has he written?

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