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. How does Det. Fenerman find Mr. Harvey upon his first visit to his house?

2. How does Det. Fenerman respond to Jack's first phone call about Mr. Harvey being involved in the death of his daughter?

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

4. Where do Ruth and Ray spend a lot of time talking about Susie?

5. Who is the narrator of The Lovely Bones?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice did Mr. Harvey's father give to him about how to construct buildings?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Who is Claire?

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

What do you think the name of the book means? Use at least three examples (or characters) from the text to support your hypothesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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