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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 Lou Ann talk about in length as she and Taylor eat dinner

2. Narrator, Taylor Greer, was formerly known as:

3. Which character was left deaf by an accident?

4. After the doctor's visit, where does Taylor take Turtle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Has Taylor's character evolved by Chapter 12? Explain.

2. 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.

3. Describe the conversation between Mattie and Taylor in Chapter 13, regarding Esteban and Esperanza.

4. What does Taylor do before Esteban and Esperanza say goodbye? Why does she do this?

5. Is Taylor an independent person? Explain.

6. Why does Angel agree to move back in with Lou Ann?

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

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

9. What does Esteban suggest to Taylor after realizing that she is judgmental of Esperanza's actions?

10. What does Taylor notice about Esperanza's face? When does she notice this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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