Salem's Lot 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 is Marsten House named for?

2. Who does Ben Mears meet in the park in Chapter 2?

3. What does Straker call Larry Crockett to ask him to arrange?

4. Who does the tall man's companion tell an unbelievable story to?

5. What does this visitor do to Dud after he falls into some sort of trance?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does the boy make a confession?

2. What does Father Callahan attempt to hide from his housekeeper? Why?

3. How does Susan know who Ben is when she sees him in the park? What does this tell the reader about Ben's career to this point?

4. What two boys are walking alone in the dark woods? Why?

5. What do Ben and Susan discuss is still living in the Marsten House?

6. What does Parkins learn from the FBI about Ben Mears' past?

7. What house does Ben Mears make note of as he drives into Jerusalem's Lot?

8. Who died in the Marsten House in 1939?

9. Why does Ben decide to go out again after leaving Susan at home after their second dinner with her parents?

10. What is unusual about the format of Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss foreshadowing. How is the arrival of the vampires foreshadowed in the beginning of this novel? How does the childhood prank pulled on Ben Mears foreshadow his return to Jerusalem's Lot? How does the death of Ben's wife foreshadow Ben's act of murder against Susan? Discuss how Susan's relationship with Floyd Tibbits foreshadows the altercation between him and Ben.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jerusalem's Lot. What is this town like in the beginning of the novel? Compare and contrast Jerusalem's Lot to other towns in the country, or to your hometown. How is Jerusalem's Lot like any other American city? How is it different? What changes in Jerusalem's Lot over the course of the novel? What made Jerusalem's Lot vulnerable to this change? Is Jerusalem's Lot unique in this vulnerability? Could something like this happen in your hometown? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Using characters and/or examples from the novel, discuss one of the following:

1) Character relationships: chose two characters and discuss in detail their relationship and how it affects motives and actions.

2) Metaphor. Offer examples of the use of metaphor throughout the novel.

3) Point of view. Discuss the point of view, how it was used, and how the novel might have changed if a different point of view was used.

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