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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 Aunt Alma's oldest girl?

2. Who decides that 'illegitimate' should be stamped on Bone's birth certificate?

3. In Chapter 5, what does Glen promise Mama?

4. What does Bone do in Chapter 9 that upsets Aunt Alma?

5. According to Aunt Madeline, kids are what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mama trying to accomplish when she punishes Bone for stealing? In your opinion, does it work?

2. Why does Mama leave Glen only after her siblings find out that he has beaten Bone?

3. Explain the significance of Aunt Alma's scrapbook for Bone.

4. Glen's photograph tells a viewer little about him. Bone says his eyes are empty. What might this mean?

5. Describe the changes in Reese in Chapter 12.

6. Is Bone happy that Mama finally moves them away from Glen?

7. Do you think that Mama cares if people think she burned down the courthouse?

8. Describe Bone at age 10.

9. Describe Mama's and Aunt Ruth's relationship.

10. What are the two things that people talk about when they talk about Glen? How are the two things alike?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the five Boatwright sisters: Anney, Raylene, Alma, Carr, and Ruth. Who is the most different and why? Describe the relationship between the five women as children and as adults.

Essay Topic 2

Bone suffers from abuse for years. At first, she doesn't realize she is being sexually abused because there is no penetration. However, her discomfort at Glen holding her close lets the reader understand what's happening. Explain the connection between the abuse and masturbation and violent fantasies.

Essay Topic 3

When Ruth dies, Mama cries that Ruth's worth was measured by having babies and that Mama's love was never enough for Ruth. Is Bone's love enough for Mama? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

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