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 returns to the Creed home in Chapter 25?

2. Louis examines Norma and discovers that her doctor is...

3. What does the Chapter 16 visitor tell Louis?

4. In Chapter 16, who does Louis wake to see standing in his bedroom doorway?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Louis visit the Pet Sematary after dinner in Chapter 18 and what does he do when he is there?

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

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

5. Why is Louis reluctant to take Jud up on his offer of a late-night beer?

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

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

8. Who is Steve Masterson and what role does he have in the horrible accident that happens on the first day of school?

9. What does the dead man tell Louis and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tone of Pet Sematary. How did the author reveal the tone and from whose point of view? Was the tone consistent throughout the book or did it seem to fluctuate? Include examples from the story with your discussion.

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 Pet Sematary, forces of both good and evil draw from an all-knowing, or omniscient, spiritual plane. Give examples of the good and evil from the spiritual plane.

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