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 type of car backfires while Taylor is working on it?

2. What nationality is Angel?

3. Where are Taylor and Turtle living?

4. Taylor's teacher, Hughes Walter, helped her get her first job. What subject did he teach?

5. Who does Taylor meet at the Burger Derby?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Lou Ann's "routines"? And why does she perform them?

3. How is Taylor feeling about being a mom in Chapter 7? Explain.

4. In Chapter 4, Bobby Bingo tells Lou Ann that "Whatever you want the most, it's going to be the worst thing for you." How does Lou Ann feel about this?

5. Describe Lou Ann's character at the beginning of Chapter 2.

6. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout the novel Taylor's perception of men is ambiguous. They do not seem to be an important part in her life. The novel's character list also consists mainly of women. It is not until Esteban is introduced that the reader meets a good man. After meeting Esteban, Taylor's ideas about men change. How do they change? What do you think the author is trying to suggest by her placement of men within the novel? Why?

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