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. Who brings Lindsey to the hospital to see Jack?

2. What animals run freely in Susie's heaven?

3. What does Ruth's father make her do every morning when he drops her off at school?

4. How difficult was it for Mr. Harvey to lure Susie to his secret room?

5. What is the name of the symposium Lindsey attends with her classmates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. After Susie is murdered, what does Jack want desperately from his dead daughter?

6. How does Mr. Harvey ultimately kill Susie?

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

8. What does Susie's heaven have?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

As The Lovely Bones progresses, the Salmon family continues to unravel. Discuss the main reason why the family unravels, what exact moment the unraveling begins, and when the unraveling is completed. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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