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. For what is Bobby Bingo's son well known?

2. What is the name of Lou Ann's cat?

3. What did Mattie buy for Turtle in Chapter 6?

4. Where did Lou Ann's brother move to?

5. What does Lou Ann talk about in length as she and Taylor eat dinner

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain why Lou Ann falls for Angel.

3. Is Lou Ann surprised when she realizes that Angel has left her?

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

5. Explain why Taylor and her passengers were stopped at the New Mexico border.

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

7. Describe the incident in the garden between Taylor, Lou Ann and Turtle in Chapter 10.

8. Is Taylor an independent person? Explain.

9. Describe the conditions a Red Hot Mama's salsa factory. Does Lou Ann like this job?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It could be argued that the author takes a feminist's view of the world in the novel. Do you believe that the tone of the novel is that of a feminist? Why or why not? Be sure to include in text citations to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

With which character in the novel do you most closely identify? Why? How do their world views compare to your own?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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