The Pact 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. Where is Melanie's husband while she is in labor?

2. What is the name of the Golds' child?

3. Why doesn't Chris attend Emily's funeral?

4. What kind of business does Gus run?

5. Whom do Gus and James call after the event at Chris' birthday dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think happened in the men's room at McDonalds?

2. Why is Melanie unable to take part in funeral preparations?

3. How does James feel about the situation with Chris once Chris is arrested?

4. What happens to Chris and Emily in November 1997?

5. Why does the detective think that suicide is a ridiculous theory in the death of Emily?

6. What causes Emily and Chris to break up temporarily?

7. What does Gus' dream of James rescuing both children show about her opinion of him?

8. What does Chris admit to bringing on his date with Emily?

9. What makes Chris appear to be innocent?

10. What happens when Emily dares Chris to kiss her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death may be one of the most prominent themes in the novel, as someone dies at the beginning of it. During a hunting trip, why is Chris revolted by the killing of a rabbit? What does the death of the rabbit represent? How does witnessing the death of this rabbit compare with the influence of his father euthanizing the family dog? Make sure you answer each question, using examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Art plays a role in this novel through Emily's talented works. How does art reflect Emily's state of mind? How did Emily use art in her life? How does her art show the progression of her emotional and mental state? Make sure you answer each question, using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Novels usually show a transformation in characters through a series of trials and events. In "The Pact," almost every character is changed by the events they experience. How are characters transformed by the events that transpire, and is it a good or bad change? Why or why not? Choose two characters to focus on when answering that question. Make sure you answer each question, using examples from the book.

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