The Lying Game Test | Final 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 color is Laurel's hair?

2. What does Ethan tell Madeline, Laurel and Charlotte after they almost kill Sutton?

3. Who does Emma say has been acting strangely lately?

4. What does Madeline say when Emma asks her where Charlotte was on the night of Nisha's party?

5. What does Emma keep thinking about concerning Laurel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Garrett become angry with Emma at the party?

2. What does Emma discover about Laurel's room?

3. What other things could Laurel know that might implicate her in Sutton's death?

4. What does Sutton remember about the scene at the hot springs?

5. What does Emma figure Laurel could have done as far as luring Emma there and the note on Sutton's car?

6. How does Emma have a threatening encounter?

7. What does Emma realize about Sutton and why?

8. What happens when Emma gives Laurel the note Emma found in Emma's pocket?

9. Where does Emma go for a sleepover and why is Gabby disgruntled?

10. How does Nisha try to humiliate Sutton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Emma and Sutton. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Garrett and Ethan. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Lying Game help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Emma's childhood was lived with her erratic mother, Becky. Becky had often been fun-loving, shouting answers to the puzzles on "Wheel of Fortune," and other times spending hours crying on the couch. Sometimes Becky took Emma shopping, buying her "two of everything." When Emma questioned the reason for two pairs of the same kind of shoe, her mother would say it was in case one got dirty.

1. Discuss, in depth, how you think such inconsistent behavior by a mother would affect a child? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss your ideas about guilt and its affect on people and relate these ideas to the fact of Becky buying two of everything. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Do you think, given Becky's problems, Emma was better off in foster care? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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