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 does the doctor say about Turtle's health in Chapter 8?

2. Where in Arizona does Chapter Two take place?

3. Where did Taylor work while living in Kentucky?

4. Esperanza and Esteban are originally from which country?

5. Which is a characteristic of the potential roommates Taylor meets in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Taylor's reaction when the old woman gives her Turtle?

2. Explain the circumstances that caused Taylor to decide to leave the Burger Derby.

3. What does Taylor discuss with Esperanza in Chapter 10?

4. What changes can be observed in Esteban and Esperanza as they travel deeper into the Cherokee nation during Chapter 15?

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

6. Why does Taylor look down on Esperanza for attempting suicide?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Relationships are a large part of the novel. Choose a relationship to analyze. Answer the following questions: What is the driving force behind this relationship? Do these characters get along? Why or why not? How has this relationship help the form the personality of each character involved?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 11, the reader sees a change in Lou Ann's character. She tells Taylor of a dream that she has. An angel comes to her and tells her that Dwayne Ray will not live to see the year 2000. Lou Ann also reads her horoscope that says she will take advice from a stranger. Lou Ann believes that this stranger is the angel. What do you believe to be the significance of these events?

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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