The Lying Game 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 relation is Becky to Emma?

2. What does Quinlan say he'll do if he sees Emma there again?

3. Who is Clarice?

4. What is Travis doing before he realizes his mother is home?

5. What is the first class Emma attends?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom does Emma go shopping and what does she learn from the girl?

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

3. Why does Emma doubt Garrett's feelings for Sutton?

4. What happened to Sutton over the summer?

5. Why does Emma go to the park and who does she meet there who ends up playing tennis with Emma?

6. Why does Emma suddenly believe Dr. Mercer knows she is not Sutton?

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

8. What "prank" is played upon Nisha?

9. What video does Travis show Clarice and Emma?

10. Where does Emma disembark from the bus and what do she and Alex talk about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Lying Game is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Lying Game help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Lying Game? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Lying Game to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Lying Game is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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