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. How does Ruth Connors describe Susie's ghost?

2. What picture does Lindsey find in Susie's room when she enters it for the first time after her death?

3. Where do Ruth and Ray spend a lot of time talking about Susie?

4. What item did Mr. Harvey offer Susie to make her more comfortable in his secret room?

5. What piece of Susie's clothing is also found by police?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprising advice does Ruana give Jack about what to do about his suspicions of Mr. Harvey?

2. What is Susie referring to when she speaks of her "Evensong"?

3. Why is the first picture Susie takes of her mother so memorable to Susie?

4. Why does Grandma Lynn at first avoid Lindsey's questions about who her father suspects was involved in Susie's murder?

5. What does the reader learn about Susie from how easily she goes into Mr. Harvey's secret room?

6. How is the reader supposed to interpret Lindsey's reaction to seeing Mr. Harvey at Susie's memorial?

7. What advice did Mr. Harvey's father give to him about how to construct buildings?

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

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

10. What tone does the first conversations between Susie and Franny have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Susie end up getting justice for her death? Explain why or why not, making sure to use evidence from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Susie's entering Ruth's body and then making love to Ray makes the leap from fiction to fantasy. Write an argument explaining why this leap does or does not work with the text and what literary devices Sebold uses to make the leap.

Essay Topic 3

Ruana's introduction into the text is quite complicated; she is simultaneously beautiful while suggesting hideous things. Present an argument, using at least three examples from the text, that Ruana is either a good OR a bad character. Make sure to support your position with quotes.

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