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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Taylor have romantic feelings toward?
(a) Newt.
(b) Angel.
(c) Harland.
(d) Esteban.

2. Where did Mattie get her purple beans?
(a) The convenience store.
(b) From Lou Ann.
(c) From Lee Sing's shop.
(d) From the Chinese woman next door.

3. What makes Taylor think "You are old Father William"?
(a) A poem she read.
(b) A children's book.
(c) Memories of her father.
(d) An old man.

4. What is Mama's profession?
(a) Seamstress.
(b) Nurse.
(c) Waitress.
(d) House cleaner.

5. Mattie attempts to persuade Taylor to work for her but Taylor has a fear of tires. What does Mattie throw into the deal in order to persuade Taylor to work for her?
(a) A new place to live.
(b) Two new tires.
(c) Candy for Turtle.
(d) Free food.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of trees are mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 7?

2. How does Taylor begin to look for a roommate?

3. What does Lou Ann talk about in length as she and Taylor eat dinner

4. What did Lou Ann claim to fall for Angel?

5. What is Edna's annoying habit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Taylor notice about Esperanza's face? When does she notice this?

2. Explain the circumstances that caused Taylor to decide to leave the Burger Derby.

3. Describe the contents of the package that Lou Ann receives from Angel. What does Lou Ann think of this package?

4. Describe the conditions a Red Hot Mama's salsa factory. Does Lou Ann like this job?

5. What does Esteban suggest to Taylor after realizing that she is judgmental of Esperanza's actions?

6. What does Lou Ann believe to be Turtle's given name? Why?

7. What does Mattie give to Taylor and Turtle at the beginning of Chapter 3? Why?

8. Explain why Taylor and her passengers were stopped at the New Mexico border.

9. Bildungsroman is a literary genre that is the coming of age story. In what way do you believe that The Bean Trees could be classified as a bildungsroman?

10. What is the only way that Esteban and Esperanza would be able to stay in the states? What is the problem with this?

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