Short-Answer Quizzes

Quizzes: Preface, Chapters 1-5

Chapter 1:
Study Questions

1. Where is Susie Salmon killed?

2. Why does she go with him?

Answers
1. In a secret hiding place Mr. Harvey built in a cornfield near her home.

2. At first she is just being polite to a grownup who is a neighbor. Later, though, Susie is drawn in by the idea of the secret hiding place.

Chapter 2:
Study Questions:

1. How did Fanny die?

2. What is heaven like in The Lovely Bones?

Answers
1. She was killed by a man who was looking for his wife, who shot her in the face.

2. Everyone's heaven is different. It changes and expands to match their needs and dreams.

Chapter 3:
Study Questions

1. What is the picture that Susie thinks of as "the picture," and why is it important?

2. What happened to the ships in bottles that Susie built with her father?

Answers
1. It is a picture of her mother looking strong and not tired—not the mother Susie knew, but an emotional and spiritual stranger.

2. Mr. Salmon smashes them in his grief over her death.

Chapter 4:
Study Questions

1. What "souvenirs" does Mr. Harvey save from his killing of Susie?

2. What does he do with most of Susie's remains and effects?

Answers
1. He saves he bloody knife with which he killed her, and a book of sonnets.

2. He puts them in a safe and throws them in the community sinkhole.

Chapter 5:
Study Question

1. What piece did Susie usually play with when the family played Monopoly?

Answer
1. The shoe. When Mr. Salmon tells to Buckley that Susie is dead, he uses the pieces of the game to explain it.

Quizzes: Chapters 6-10

Chapter 6:
Study Questions

1. Why doesn't Ray Singh kiss Susie when they are hiding backstage?

2. Why does Mr. Salmon find it hard to talk to Ruana Singh?

Answers
1. The stage door opens, startling them, and three people come in: two teachers and Ruth Connors.

2. Her beauty and self-possession put him off balance.

Chapter 7:
Study Questions

1. Where does the story of the knight come from?

2. When and how does Buckley almost die?

Answers
1. Susie and Lindsey tell it back and forth, developing it a bit at a time, in response to the grave rubbing that hangs in their family's home.

2. He chokes on a twig when he is three, but Susie races him to the hospital and saves him.

Chapter 8:
Study Question

1. What is Mr. Harvey's favorite building to dream about?

Answer
2. The Church of the Transfiguration.

Chapter 9:
Study Questions

1. How does her family learn that Lindsey has a boyfriend?

2. Who was the first dead body Lindsey and Susie had seen?

Answers
1. Grandma Lynn sees it in the excitement of her eyes, when she's helping Lindsey put on makeup.

2. A neighbor named Bethel Utemeyer. She used to call Lindsey "Natalie." When Susie meets her again, in heaven, she learns that this was Mrs. Utemeyer's daughter's name.

Chapter 10:
Study Questions

1. Who were the "Masters of Arcane Knowledge"?

2. What symbol does Ruth Connors have on her name tag, and why?

Answers
1. These were kids who were so smart they seemed to know things easily, much more quickly even than the "gifted" kids. Samuel Heckler is one.

2. A fish (a salmon), to symbolize her connection to Susie.

Quizzes: Chapters 11-16

Chapter 11:
Study Questions

1. Why does Mr. Harvey set alarms in his house?

2. What is in the crawlspace at Mr. Harvey's house?

Answers
1. To remind himself to do things like draw the blinds and turn the lights on and off, so his house will appear normal.

2. Bones from many animals he's killed, in his attempt to keep himself from killing girls.

Chapter 12:
Study Question

1. How did Len Fenerman's wife die?

Answer
1. She committed suicide.

Chapter 13:
Study Question

1. Why do Lindsey and Mr. Salmon decide she should break into Mr. Harvey's house?

Answer
1. They decide he's guilty based on the weirdness Mr. Salmon sees in his movements, and the way their family dog dislikes him. They decide Lindsey should break in, rather than Mr. Salmon, because the damage to his knee limits his movement.

Chapter 14:
Study Question

1. What does Susie do while her sister is breaking in to Mr. Harvey's house?

Answer
1. She watches her. She also remembers the names of all the victims, and calls them out, in a kind of ritual litany.

Chapter 15:
Study Question

1. What makes Mr. Harvey decide that it is terrible to be a woman or a child?

Answer
1. The sickening fear he feels when the three men try to get at his mother when they are trapped in their pick-up truck.

Chapter 16:
Study Question

1. How do the Salmon family learn of the memorial in the cornfield?

Answer
1. Lindsey hears the singing through a window.

Quizzes: Snapshots, Chapters 17-20

Snapshots:
Study Questions

1. Who is Sophie Cichetti?

2. Do dogs go to heaven?

Answers
1. She was the mother of a Hell's Angel, Ralph Cichetti, who shares the details of her death with Hal Heckler. Her killer had built dollhouses: it was Mr. Harvey.

2. Holliday (the Salmons' dog) does. He's so happy to see Susie that he knocks her over.

Chapter 17:
Study Question

1. Why do Samuel and Lindsey end up running home?

Answer
1. Two reasons. First, they shift off the motorcycle they're riding because the rain gets too hard, and it becomes dangerous to ride. Then, they run home because they are so excited to share the news of their upcoming marriage.

Chapter 18:
Study Questions

1. How does Ruth know where girls have been killed?

2. What does "Let go" mean?

Answers
1. She gets flashes of intensely vivid images that burn themselves into her memory.

2. It is what Mr. Salmon hears a small voice inside him say when he has his heart attack. It could mean "let go and die," but it could also mean "let Susie go."

Chapter 19:
Study Question

1. What does it mean when Mrs. Salmon says "I lied to you" to her daughter Lindsey?

Answer
1. It refers to her affair with Len Fenerman. She's admitting she had it, and, by implication, promising that she'll be more truthful from now on.

Chapter 20:
Study Question

1. In what way does Susie see herself and Len Fenerman as being alike?

Answer
1. She says that they both follow "the physical to try to understand things that were impossible to comprehend." Though she should hate him for contributing to the troubles in her family, it is this emotional connection with Fenerman that lets Susie respect him.

Quizzes: Chapters 21-23, Bones

Chapter 21:
Study Questions

1. Who was Grandman Lynn's first kiss?

2. When and how does Ray finally kiss Susie?

Answers
1. Mr. McGahern, a father of one of her friends.

2. At her locker, suddenly, as she's saying his name.

Chapter 22:
Study Question

1. How does Susie convince Ray that it is her in Ruth's body, not Ruth?

Answer
1. He suspects something because she's acting different, but the first real evidence is when she knows where the key is hidden for Hal's bike shop. Later she shares details about the note Ray wrote that only Susie would know.

Chapter 23:
Study Question

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