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 perplexes Louis about the dying man in the campus clinic on the first day of school?

2. What two secrets is Louis hiding in Chapters 26-30?

3. Who calls Louis to come home in Chapter 14?

4. Who maintains the pet cemetery?

5. Why do local children often take the path?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the dead man take Louis and what does he see that truly frightens him?

2. What is ironic about the advice Jud gives Louis in Chapter 2?

3. What disturbs Louis about the dying man's words?

4. Why does Louis try to quickly clean up any animals that Church kills?

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

6. Why doesn't Norma get out of the house more?

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

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

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

10. What secret does Jud and Louis keep from their wives in Chapter 25 and who decides it must be kept a secret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

There are several techniques the author uses to build suspense. Write in detail about two of those techniques and give examples from the story.

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