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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 makes Esteban stop his car abruptly?
2. In addition to the doctor's comment about Turtle's health, he discovers something else after reading her X-rays. What does he find?
3. What name does Lou Ann believe is Turtle's birth name?
4. What does Lou Ann's cat like to do?
5. What does Lou Ann want to do after realizing that Angel has left her?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Lou Ann reading at the end of Chapter 6? Why?
2. Is Taylor an independent person? Explain.
3. What does Lou Ann believe to be Turtle's given name? Why?
4. Describe Taylor's first meeting with Lou Ann.
5. Describe the conversation between Mattie and Taylor in Chapter 13, regarding Esteban and Esperanza.
6. How is Taylor feeling about being a mom in Chapter 7? Explain.
7. What is the reaction of Granny Logan and Lou Ann's mother when Lou Ann asks them to stay longer?
8. Describe Taylor's course of action in leaving home after Newt Hardbine's tragedy.
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 does Taylor discuss with Esperanza in Chapter 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is clear through the text that Esteban has strong affection for Taylor, but even stronger and more romantic affection for his wife, Esperanza. Does Esteban ever cross marital bounds, in your opinion? How? Do you believe that he loves Esperanza?
Essay Topic 2
What do you believe is the overarching theme of the novel as a whole? Why? Describe this theme.
Essay Topic 3
Explain what it means to you that Mattie has never changed the name of the tire shop given that she may not completely agree the religious fanaticism of her late husband. Do you believe that the name gives her something to hold onto? Why or why not?
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