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

2. What type of car backfires while Taylor is working on it?

3. What is the problem with Taylor's car?

4. What type of trees are mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 7?

5. Lou Ann cautions Taylor about ______ , afraid that Turtle will choke on them.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mattie toss the canister at Taylor in Chapter 6?

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

3. Describe Taylor's course of action in leaving home after Newt Hardbine's tragedy.

4. How does Taylor come to realize that Edna Poppy is blind?

5. What does the social worker, Cynthia, tell Taylor in Chapter 13?

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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