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 is the name of the symposium Lindsey attends with her classmates?

2. What comfort did Susie offer Ruth after she is reprimanded in art class?

3. How much does Mr. Harvey have to pay the property owner for using his sinkhole?

4. Where do Samuel and Lindsey first make love?

5. What is the weather like when Mr. Harvey and Jack work on Mr. Harvey's backyard project in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Lindsey and Ruth are up late talking about Susie at the symposium, what does Lindsey say her bad dreams are about?

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

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

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

6. What does Jack's breaking of the ships in the bottle symbolize?

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

8. What evidence does Jack give Detective Fenerman when he first calls to report Mr. Harvey as a suspect?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout The Lovely Bones, there are many ghosts that come and go throughout the text. is the reader supposed to assume that they are real, or are they being used purely as a literary device? Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Ruth's relationship with Susie after Susie's death is in strong contrast to the relationship they had while Susie was still alive. Is the reader supposed to believe that Ruth has some kind of spiritual connection with Susie after she dies? Or is the reader supposed to believe that Ruth's connection with Susie is completely in her own mind? Use at least three specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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