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. Who is Artie?

2. What does Det. Fenerman believe Mr. Harvey's late wife was called?

3. Who observes Jack's surgery as he is sewn back together after being attacked in the cornfield?

4. How does Det. Fenerman respond to Jack's first phone call about Mr. Harvey being involved in the death of his daughter?

5. Who is Lindsey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ruth a celebrity in Susie's heaven?

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

3. What does Susie's heaven have?

4. When Buckley keeps asking where his sister is immediately after her murder, why do his parents suggest going to the zoo?

5. Why do Ray and Ruth decide Susie must be happier after her murder?

6. Why is Lindsey so angry with her mother when she returns from California to see Jack in the hospital?

7. How is the sinkhole going to be filled?

8. After she tells of her own murder, what embarrassing story about Lindsey does Susie recall?

9. While visiting Jack in the hospital, what does Lindsey try to do to comfort him?

10. How does Mr. Harvey ultimately kill Susie?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While the character of Mr. Harvey is quite complicated, Sebold lets the reader into his background, mindset, and psychology more than an average author might. Using what the reader knows about Mr. Harvey's dreams, discuss three aspects of his character that the reader may not otherwise have known about.

Essay Topic 2

Beginning fairly early in the novel, several characters claim to see Susie's ghost. Name two of these characters; discuss the circumstances of when, how, and where they see Susie; and describe how these early "sightings" can be interpreted as foreshadowing Susie's reappearance at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

How is the character of Buckley used by Sebold to develop other characters and explain their emotional states throughout the novel? Make sure to use at least three different examples from the text to support your argument.

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