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 does not attend Susie's memorial service?

2. Who is Franny?

3. What piece of Susie's clothing is also found by police?

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

5. How does Abigail respond to hearing sirens after Jack's attack in the cornfield?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Susie's heaven have?

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

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

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

While the character of Mr. Harvey is quite complicated, Sebold lets the reader into his background, mindset, and psychology more than an average author might. Using what the reader knows about Mr. Harvey's dreams, discuss three aspects of his character that the reader may not otherwise have known about.

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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