The Lying Game Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sara Shepard
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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 Sutton's father notice on Emma?

2. What false report has Sutton called in to the police?

3. What does Sutton realize about herself?

4. What does Emma try to tell Mrs. Mercer?

5. What does Mrs Mercer ask Emma about Sutton's car?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emma end up at Sutton's house?

2. What does Emma hope about Sutton as Emma is being dragged to the party and how does Emma try to contact Sutton?

3. Who does Emma meet outside and what does Sutton vaguely recall about the young man?

4. What video does Travis show Clarice and Emma?

5. What happens when Mrs. Mercer wakes Emma the next morning?

6. What does Emma realize when she is in Sutton's room and why does she feel guilty?

7. What does Emma discover when her "kidnapper" releases her?

8. How does Emma get a small scar on her chin?

9. What has Sutton found and where does she find it?

10. Why was Laurel angry with Sutton/Emma and how does Laurel indicate she's over the anger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Lying Game and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Lying Game is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Emma goes through posts on Laurel's computer and finds endless videos of pranks. Sutton watches as Emma goes through them, feeling sicker by the moment. She realizes that the pranks were cruel and that lots of people were hurt by them.

1. Discuss what you think are the motivations behind Sutton's pranks. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Sutton would have ever seen herself in life the way she does in death? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Discuss the various problems with practical jokes and why you think some people do them. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Sara Shepard.

2. What in Shepard's background may have helped him in writing The Lying Game? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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