The Bean Trees 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. What is it that causes girls to drop out of Taylor's school in Kentucky?

2. Who came up with the name "Jesus is Lord Used Tires"?

3. What does Lou Ann make for dinner in Chapter 6?

4. Into which type of container does Granny Logan place Dwayne Ray's baptism water?

5. What is Edna's annoying habit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mattie toss the canister at Taylor in Chapter 6?

2. How does Taylor obtain newspapers?

3. How does Taylor feel about taking the food and drink from Mattie?

4. What type of store does Mattie own and how did it get its name?

5. What does Lou Ann constantly show her mother regarding Mexican Americans? Why does Lou Ann do this?

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

7. Why does Taylor look down on Esperanza for attempting suicide?

8. How does Taylor come to realize that Edna Poppy is blind?

9. Describe the conversation between Mattie and Taylor in Chapter 13, regarding Esteban and Esperanza.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1, Taylor finds herself in a Cherokee Nation. Though Taylor and her mother's bother have Cherokee blood in them, Taylor seems disappointed with the town. Why does Taylor feels this way? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 11, the reader sees a change in Lou Ann's character. She tells Taylor of a dream that she has. An angel comes to her and tells her that Dwayne Ray will not live to see the year 2000. Lou Ann also reads her horoscope that says she will take advice from a stranger. Lou Ann believes that this stranger is the angel. What do you believe to be the significance of these events?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of gardening is mentioned throughout the entire novel. The idea of growing seems to be important to the author. Why do you think that is? Why use a garden as a means of explaining the way in which things grow? How do you view growth in relation to the novel?

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