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 Lindsey react to hearing that part of her sister's body has been found?

2. Who documents Lindsey and Samuel's budding relationship in a diary?

3. What is the usual final project for the symposium students?

4. Where does The Lovely Bones take place?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Susie describe heaven?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are many characters that appear throughout The Lovely Bones. Discuss the pros and cons of having so many characters in a text.

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