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. What does Susie do when she sees her father break down in her room for the first time since her death?

2. What gift does Samuel Heckler give Lindsey on the first Christmas after Susie's death?

3. What team does Principal Caden want Lindsey to play on?

4. Who is Nate?

5. What book do the police find in the field where Susie was killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What treats do Susie and Holly find in their heavens?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Susie describe heaven?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The "Snapshots" chapter is unlike any other in The Lovely Bones. Discuss what function it serves in the text and why Sebold may have chosen to switch to this style in the middle of the novel (and then switch back in the very next chapter).

Essay Topic 3

The dreams (and nightmares) of several characters are explored throughout The Lovely Bones. Choose three characters, describe at least one dream (or type of dream) that character has, and discuss what it shows the reader about each character. Make sure to use quotations from the text.

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