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. Where does Mr. Harvey dispose of Susie's charm bracelet?

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

3. How does Susie respond, in heaven, to Jack's suspicions about Mr. Harvey at first?

4. What item does Mr. Harvey have a lot of in his house?

5. Who teaches Lindsey to put on make-up?

Short Essay Questions

1. When was the last time Mr. Harvey saw his mother?

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

3. Who is Claire?

4. What symptoms send Jack to the hospital after Buckley confronts him about dealing with Susie's death?

5. How do Buckley's family members respond when he mentions that he sees Susie all the time after her death?

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

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

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

9. Who is Mr. O'Dwyer?

10. What does Susie's heaven have?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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).

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