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. What does Mr. Harvey look at when he cannot sleep?

2. What does Mr. Harvey do to keep himself from killing children?

3. What item does Mr. Harvey use for the backyard project Jack is helping him with?

4. While in the hospital, what does Abigail want Fenerman to admit?

5. What backyard project does Jack help Mr. Harvey with after Mr. Harvey has disposed of Susie's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Susie describe heaven?

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

4. Why does Nate have such a hard time believing Buckley when he says he sees his sister's ghost?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mr. Harvey ultimately kill Susie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Susie remain in her heaven for so long? Make sure to discuss at least three reasons why, as well as what was eventually needed for her to leave. Use specific examples from the text.

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