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. Who says this: "A man who really likes women always has a touch of magic"?

2. How old is Mama when Bone was born?

3. In Chapter 3, when people talk about Glen, what two things do they mention most often?

4. Who is Matthew Parsons?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the love knot that the great-aunts make for Mama and Glen symbolize?

2. Describe Shannon Pearl.

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

4. When Mrs. Parson's comes to visit and bring Lyle's insurance money, Mama struggles between being polite and hoping Mrs. Parson leave before Glen returns home. What do you think Glen would do?

5. Describe the regrets that Bone has after Ruth dies.

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

7. How does Bone's obsession with religion begin?

8. Why does Glen come to Alma's house?

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

10. Describe Aunt Alma's breakdown.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Bone and Reese. Why does Glen choose to abuse Bone, but not Reese? With Bone out of the picture at the end of the book, do you think Glen will change? Will he start abusing Reese?

Essay Topic 2

Bone asks her mother if she looks like her father who she doesn't have contact with. Mama refuses to answer. According to Bone, what she really wants from her mother is her story, "the place where she had made herself different from all her brothers and sisters and shut her mouth on her life." Explain what Bone means by this statement.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of religion in Bone's life. Compare it to the role religion plays in Shannon's life.

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