Bastard Out of Carolina 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. Bone and Reese make fun of what in Chapter 5?

2. What is "the backbone of the Pearl family income"?

3. Where is Glen when Mama cooks eggs for Bone and Reese?

4. Which aunt does Bone spend her summer helping to take care of?

5. Whose boots are bought in the boys' department of the Sears and Roebuck?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Bone drawn to Shannon Pearl?

2. What is the implied meaning of the word "established" when uttered by the court clerk?

3. Glen chooses different types of houses than the Boatwright aunts. Which type of house does Bone seem to prefer and why?

4. Mama is so angry about her children going hungry that after yelling at Glen, she gets dressed and made up. Where does she go and why?

5. Aunt Ruth asks Bone if they can talk to each other, meaning she wonders if can they tell each other the truth. Do they?

6. What do you think of Glen's statement, "You're mine, all of you, mine" after Mama agrees to marry him?

7. How does Bone's relationship with Earle and Grey change after Alma's breakdown?

8. Why does Bone create games like the "Dalton Girls" and the "Mean Sisters"?

9. Why does Bone begin looking at herself in mirrors?

10. Bone sees two different sides of Glen. Describe them.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book often mentions Glen's empty face or eyes. Explain what this means. Connect this to Glen's need to turn his face away from the camera when family pictures are being taken.

Essay Topic 2

Both Bone and Shannon Pearl go through periods where they tell horrific tales fulls of violence. Compare and contrast the stories that each girl tells and their reasons for creating these stories.

Essay Topic 3

Mama makes many decisions in the book--marrying Glen, leaving him, going back to him, and staying with him in the end. Describe the thoughts she probably had and what her choices are. Choose one of her major decisions and write a supportive argument for what she decides.

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