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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. Lou Ann's husband leaves her on which holiday?

2. When is Lou Ann's child due?

3. How far apart are Taylor and Lou Ann's home towns?

4. What day did Taylor, Esteban, Esperanza and Turtle have a picnic?

5. What does Mattie promise Taylor in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the Tug Fork water?

2. Taylor begins looking for a roommate in Chapter 5. Describe the people Taylor meets after searching the want ads.

3. 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?

4. 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.

5. Why is Lou Ann waiting for Taylor when she returns from her trip to the desert? What does Lou Ann have to say?

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

7. What type of ceremony does Lou Ann decide to hold for her baby's christening? Why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 13, Taylor receives news that she may lose Turtle due to the legal adoption system. Taylor has grown attached to Turtle, yet it is still a tough decision as to whether or not she should give Turtle up to the authorities. Why is the decision so difficult for Taylor, given the knowledge on the relationship between Taylor and Turtle?

Essay Topic 2

How does Taylor change throughout the novel? How do her ideas change, and which characters have spawned the most change in Taylor?

Essay Topic 3

Maternal qualities are presented throughout the novel. Do you think Taylor possess some maternal qualities? Is this something important to Taylor? Does she work to build on her maternal instincts? Could her relationship with her own mother influenced these maternal qualities?

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