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 are Susie's parents doing as Mr. Harvey is disposing of Susie's body?

2. Who is Ruana?

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

4. How does Ruth Connors describe Susie's ghost?

5. Which character tries to get Lindsey to talk about her emotions right after Susie dies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Nate have such a hard time believing Buckley when he says he sees his sister's ghost?

3. When was the last time Mr. Harvey saw his mother?

4. How does Mr. Harvey dispose of Susie's body?

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

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

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

8. How does Mr. Harvey react when Jack accuses him of being involved in his daughter's death?

9. What does Susie's heaven have?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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.

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