The Life We Bury Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Allen Eskens
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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 was Carl Iverson found guilty of murdering?

2. What did Joe's mother's apartment smell like when he was a child?

3. Who did Carl's lawyer write to for help breaking the diary code?

4. How does Lila treat Joe in the beginning of the story?

5. What disorder does Jeremy live with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joe try to get Lila Nash to notice him at the beginning of the book?

2. Why does Jeremy look to the corners of the room when Joe is talking to him?

3. How does the author describe Crystal Hagen?

4. Why did Joe step into a bar for the first time when he was ten years old?

5. How does the short document about Carl's war service conflict with his crime?

6. In Chapter 4, Joe finds a photograph of Carl Iverson being taken into custody. What does he see when he looks at Carl's face in the photo?

7. Why does Crystal refer to Carl as "Creepy Carl" in her diary?

8. How does Joe use Carl's case to get to know Lila better?

9. Why does Terry Bremer call Joe when his mother does not come home?

10. Joe's mother is bipolar. How does Joe describe her behavior in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Chapter 14, Joe receives a call from his mother's landlord. How does this phone call, and the situation in Chapter 15, signal that Joe will soon need to make a decision regarding his mother and brother? What do you think he will have to decide? What do you think he will choose to do?

Essay Topic 2

Each time Joe is presented with a threatening male figure his first instinct is to use violence to express his anger, yet when he is confronted by both Doug and Danny he is unable to defend himself. Why might the author have written the character of Joe in this way? What does Joe's ability to fight say about him? In what circumstances does he usually resort to violence? Why is it that when it comes to defending himself, as opposed to someone else, he is not able to do it?

Essay Topic 3

Andrew Fisher does not want to discuss the murder of Crystal Hagen. He is angry about the way he was treated during and after the trial. He also feels a lot of guilt for not speaking up after hearing what was written in Crystal's diary. What happened to Andrew that caused him to feel the way he does? Does he believe that Carl murdered Crystal? Why do you believe the way you do?

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