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 the profession of Bobby Bingo's son?

2. What type of shop is next door to Jesus is Lord Used Tires?

3. What nationality is Angel?

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

5. Which literary theme is prevalent throughout Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Newt Hardbine and his father.

2. How does Taylor obtain newspapers?

3. Why does Taylor believe that the Cherokee nation would be a good place for Esteban and Esperanza to stay?

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

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

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

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

8. Taylor is unhappy about her mother's impending marriage. Lou Ann tells Taylor that her mother needs to live her own life. What does Lou Ann tell Taylor about her own mother? How does this relate to her advice?

9. Why does Lou Ann avoid Lee Sing's market? Explain.

10. What does Taylor do before Esteban and Esperanza say goodbye? Why does she do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Growing up in Pittman, Kentucky, Taylor was often compared to Newt Harbine. After Newt's death, Taylor seemed determined to flee Pittman. Did she fear that she may end up like Newt? Do you believe that Taylor is similar to Newt? How? Why do you think this?

Essay Topic 3

How does Taylor change throughout the novel? How do her ideas change, and which characters have spawned the most change in Taylor?

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