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. What does the tall man sell that allows him to quit his job and leave California?

2. What house catches Ben's attention as he arrives at his destination in 1975?

3. Who was it that died in the fatal motorcycle accident in which one of the characters of the novel was driving?

4. Who insists on caring for this person, admitting she has done it many times before?

5. What does Ben want to do after seeing Susan but cannot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hank Peters see in the Marsten cellar that he discusses with Larry Crockett?

2. Why does Matt call Ben in the middle of the night? What does he ask him to bring?

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

4. What obstacle do several characters point out stand between a possible relationship between Susan and Ben?

5. Who are the tall man and the boy?

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

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

8. What detail does Ben suggest Matt leave out of his discussion with the police about Mike's death? Why?

9. What does the tall man drive more than forty miles to get every week?

10. What does Ben find when he arrives at Matt's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of these themes in a detailed essay, using examples from the novel:

1) Courage

2) Faith

3) Morality

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Larry Crockett. Who is Larry Crockett? Why does Crockett sell the Marsten House? What makes Crockett uneasy about this sale? Why does he complete the sale anyway? What does Crockett get out of the sale? What does this say about his character? Would the invasion of the vampires in Jerusalem's Lot have been possible without Larry Crockett? Why or why not? What eventually happens to Crockett? Is this fate deserved?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Matt Burke? How does Ben meet Matt? Why do they become friends so quickly? What do they have in common? How does Matt become aware of the vampires in Jerusalem's Lot? How does Matt become the leader of the resistance? What happens to Matt when Mike attempts to turn him into a vampire? Why? How does Matt continue to fight the vampires? How does Matt get killed? Is this murder?

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