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. How does Melanie meet Gus?

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

3. What does Marrone do about her suspicions about Chris?

4. What happens after Emily does the dare that Chris prompted in 1989?

5. What is James' hobby?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Melanie latch onto the idea that Chris killed Emily?

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

3. What makes Chris appear to be innocent?

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

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

6. How do Melanie and Michael react to the idea of Chris killing Emily?

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

8. How do the parents react to seeing Emily and Chris begin a relationship?

9. How does Gus react to news of Emily's death?

10. Why is it important for the reader to see the beginning of Gus and Melanie's friendship?

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

The parent/child relationship is explored in various characters in the novel. Choose a parent/child relationship to answer these questions: What kind of relationship do these characters have with each other? What trials do they go through, and how do they end up? Make sure you answer each question, using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Dreams play a large role in "The Pact." They act as symbols for different characters to interpret. What dream does Gus have repeatedly, and what does it represent? How is resolved, and what does that resolution mean? Make sure you answer each question thoroughly and use evidence from the book for support.

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