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 drove Buckley to the hospital while he was choking when he was younger?

2. What piece of Mr. Harvey's mother's jewelry fascinates him?

3. What did Mr. Harvey's father do for a living?

4. What does Jack believe Mr. Harvey's late wife was called?

5. How does Lindsey respond to the picture she finds in Susie's room after entering it for the first time after her death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What treats do Susie and Holly find in their heavens?

2. How does Susie describe heaven?

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

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

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

6. How does Mr. Harvey ultimately kill Susie?

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

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

9. Who is Claire?

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

Many of the characters in The Lovely Bones come of age throughout the novel. In a well argued essay, discuss 1) whether or not Susie can ever come of age, or if she will forever be the ghost of a 14-year-old girl, and 2) if she does come of age, when and how it happens in the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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