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

2. How do the neighbors feel about Mr. Harvey?

3. Who is Franny?

4. How much can Susie communicate with her family back on Earth after she is murdered?

5. What is the usual final project for the symposium students?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Harvey ultimately kill Susie?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Ruth Connors begin expressing herself after she sees Susie's ghost?

8. How does Susie describe heaven?

9. Why is the first picture Susie takes of her mother so memorable to Susie?

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

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

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 3

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.

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