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 did Mattie buy for Turtle in Chapter 6?

2. What makes Esteban stop his car abruptly?

3. What does Mattie talk about on television?

4. What type of car does Taylor buy after she decides to leave home?

5. What do Taylor's potential roommates say about hot dogs?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Lou Ann's fearful dream of Dwayne Ray. What does Lou Ann think about this?

3. What pops into Taylor's head when a priest comes to visit Mattie in Chapter 6? Explain this situation.

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

5. Why is Lou Ann waiting for Taylor when she returns from her trip to the desert? What does Lou Ann have to say?

6. What does Taylor learn about the park's name in Chapter 8? From whom does she learn this?

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

8. What is the significance of the Tug Fork water?

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

10. Turtle says "Mama" when seeing something in connection with a burial. How does Taylor handle this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maternal qualities are presented throughout the novel. Do you think Taylor possess some maternal qualities? Is this something important to Taylor? Does she work to build on her maternal instincts? Could her relationship with her own mother influenced these maternal qualities?

Essay Topic 2

Esteban and Angel are the most prominent male characters in text; however, they are very different from one another. Compare and contrast Angel and Esteban. What do they each symbolize in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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