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. Who dreams that the Creed's cat died?

2. Who tells Louis in Chapter 22 that a man grows what he can then tends it?

3. Who doubts the wisdom of showing Louis the burial ground?

4. Where does Louis awake in Chapter 17?

5. Where do the neighbors visit on Louis's first trip to Jud's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the appearance of the "pet sematary."

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

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

4. What is Louis's reaction when the dead man shows up in his bedroom doorway?

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

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

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

8. As the story opens, what is Louis's dream job and fantasy?

9. How does the university medical center transport Pascow to the local hospital?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In literature, there are five types of conflict: man vs. man, man vs. nature/supernatural, man vs. society, man vs. self, and man vs. technology. Which conflict is Pet Sematary? How would the story have differed if written from a different conflict? Select a different conflict and discuss how the story might have been different.

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