The Lovely Bones 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. When Mr. Harvey dreams of exotic buildings, what country are they located in?

2. Who does not attend Susie's memorial service?

3. What does Jack try to use the board game for that the family plays at Christmas?

4. What is the name of the symposium Lindsey attends with her classmates?

5. Who is Grandma Lynn?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Samuel Heckler first meets the Salmon family, what does the reader learn about him?

2. What does Susie realize, while watching from her heaven, about her family after she has entered (and left) Ruth's body?

3. After Susie's murder, Lindsey has a rough time at school. What is it about school that makes her so angry?

4. What symptoms send Jack to the hospital after Buckley confronts him about dealing with Susie's death?

5. What first makes Susie start to think that there might be other heavens other than just her own?

6. How does Susie describe heaven?

7. Why is Mr. Harvey's death from the icicle especially symbolic?

8. What is the first memory Mr. Harvey has of killing someone?

9. How does Ruth Connors begin expressing herself after she sees Susie's ghost?

10. How does Susie respond to Buckley's claim that he can see her ghost?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Lovely Bones contains many instances of juxtaposed situations, themes, and characters. Choose one chapter from the novel and compare and contrast two juxtaposed narrative devices, characters, or situations.

Essay Topic 2

As The Lovely Bones progresses, the Salmon family continues to unravel. Discuss the main reason why the family unravels, what exact moment the unraveling begins, and when the unraveling is completed. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout The Lovely Bones, there are many ghosts that come and go throughout the text. is the reader supposed to assume that they are real, or are they being used purely as a literary device? Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

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