The Lovely Bones Test | Final 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 illegal activity did a young Mr. Harvey do frequently with his mother?

2. Where does Mr. Harvey live after he leaves his house?

3. In California, how many children would Abigail say she has?

4. Who does Jack think visits him in the hospital after his confrontation with Buckley?

5. Who officially tells Abigail that Jack is doing very badly after his confrontation with Buckley?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mr. O'Dwyer?

2. Why is riding the trains comforting to Susie?

3. What does Susie confess to Ray as he prepares to go visit the sinkhole before it is to be filled in?

4. How does Susie know her way around Hal's bike shop?

5. What is Buckley's short story about?

6. Years after Susie's murder, what does Mr. Harvey dream of when he feels threatened?

7. As the neighbors are gathering for Susie's one-year memorial, what does Lindsey ask of her mother?

8. How exactly does Lindsey break into Mr. Harvey's house?

9. What conflict does Mr. Harvey feel about reporting that his house has been broken into?

10. How is the sinkhole going to be filled?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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).

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Lovely Bones contains many instances of juxtaposed situations, themes, and characters. Choose one chapter from the novel and compare and contrast two juxtaposed narrative devices, characters, or situations.

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