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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 type of car backfires while Taylor is working on it?

2. How does Taylor come to realize that the child given to her in Chapter 1 is alive?

3. Who visits Mattie in Chapter 3 while Taylor are Turtle are waiting to hear about their car's damage ?

4. Where did Angel drive Lou Ann's mother and grandmother?

5. In Chapter 5, Lou Ann is concerned about Dwayne Ray's ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain Lou Ann's fearful dream of Dwayne Ray. What does Lou Ann think about this?

5. Taylor is unhappy about her mother's impending marriage. Lou Ann tells Taylor that her mother needs to live her own life. What does Lou Ann tell Taylor about her own mother? How does this relate to her advice?

6. What type of store does Mattie own and how did it get its name?

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

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

9. What are Lou Ann's "routines"? And why does she perform them?

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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