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. Who is waiting for Melanie and Michael when they arrive home from the hospital in November 1997?

2. What dream does Gus have after she returns home from her short separation from James?

3. What is the name of the person that Gus finds outside her son's hospital room?

4. How are the treatments for the dog going?

5. What are the names of the Hartes' children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the euthanasia of the dog represent?

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

3. What makes Chris appear to be innocent?

4. Why is James' award not such a rewarding experience?

5. How does Melanie react to Chris' arrest?

6. What does Chris' reaction to the killing of the rabbit suggest?

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

8. What is ironic about the theory that the detective has about the tragedy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the main characters that make up most of the novel, there are other minor characters that play a significant role in "The Pact." What representation was the strongest and most significant in the story besides the main characters? What message did the author intend to give through this story? Make sure you answer each question, using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Suicide serves as the most prominent plot point of the novel. What risk factors for suicide did Emily have? Why did she feel that suicide was her only option? How does her suicide influence different characters? Make sure you answer each question and provide evidence from the novel to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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