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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. Lou Ann's husband leaves her on which holiday?

2. When is Lou Ann's child due?

3. How far apart are Taylor and Lou Ann's home towns?

4. What day did Taylor, Esteban, Esperanza and Turtle have a picnic?

5. What does Mattie promise Taylor in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Taylor begins looking for a roommate in Chapter 5. Describe the people Taylor meets after searching the want ads.

3. In Chapter 7, Esteban tells a story. What is his story about, and at what point in the chapter does he decide to include it? Why do you believe he does this?

4. In Chapter 9, Esteban reveals the truth about their daughter, Ismene, and how she was taken from him. Explain circumstances that led to Ismene being taken.

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. Who does Taylor invite to dinner in cCapter 7? Why? What do they do?

7. What type of ceremony does Lou Ann decide to hold for her baby's christening? Why?

8. What is Lou Ann's reaction to the adoption situation that takes place in Chapter 13?

9. On what day do Mattie, Esteban, Esperanza and Taylor take their short trip? Why is this day important? Where are they going?

10. Explain the situation that takes place in the law office.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the close of Chapter 4, Bobby Bingo, a vegetable salesman warns Lou Ann, telling her "Whatever you want the most, it's going to be the worst thing for you." What does Bobby mean by this comment? What is the thing Lou Ann wants the most? And why would that be bad for her?

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of the novel, Lou Ann moves on to another man. Do you believe that she and her new boyfriend will share a similar relationship to that of she and Angel? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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