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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. Where did Taylor work while living in Kentucky?

2. What is it that causes girls to drop out of Taylor's school in Kentucky?

3. Who does Taylor have romantic feelings toward?

4. What does Taylor reassure Lou Ann of in Chapter 7?

5. Why was Taylor chosen for the job in her hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Taylor react to Cynthia's news in Chapter 13?

2. What does Lou Ann believe to be Turtle's given name? Why?

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

4. Describe the contents of the package that Lou Ann receives from Angel. What does Lou Ann think of this package?

5. What happens with Esteban and Taylor at the end of Chapter 9? How does Taylor handle it?

6. How does Taylor feel about taking the food and drink from Mattie?

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

8. What does Taylor learn about the park's name in Chapter 8? From whom does she learn this?

9. Describe the steps in which Taylor attempts to build a "family".

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what it means to you that Mattie has never changed the name of the tire shop given that she may not completely agree the religious fanaticism of her late husband. Do you believe that the name gives her something to hold onto? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Mattie is a strong older woman who appears to be very wise. Kingsolver uses Mattie as a vessel to project socio-political ideals. Do you believe that Mattie is a surrogate for Kingsolver? Why or why not?

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