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 had Sutton been doing behind a rock?

2. About what does Mrs. Mercer tease Emma?

3. What does Alexandra suggest?

4. How does Emma search for Sutton?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening to Sutton Mercer in the Prologue?

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

3. What happens at Sabino Canyon?

4. What was Becky like when Emma lived with her?

5. What does Emma do at the police station?

6. What is Emma's current foster situation like?

7. How does Sutton hurt Laurel's feelings at the hot spring?

8. Where does Emma suggest they go at the Mall and what is Madeline's reaction?

9. What does Clarice accuse someone of and who gets blamed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Lying Game, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Lying Game. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The Lying Game belongs to the mystery/thriller genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the mystery/thriller genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a mystery/thriller and a historical novel?

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