The Bean Trees Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What school group was Scotty a part of?

2. How did Lou Ann see herself in the future?

3. Mattie informs Taylor that Esteban and Esperanza will move away. Where will they go?

4. How does Lou Ann interpret travel?

5. Where is Mattie during the time of Esperanza's attempted suicide?

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

Throughout the novel Taylor's perception of men is ambiguous. They do not seem to be an important part in her life. The novel's character list also consists mainly of women. It is not until Esteban is introduced that the reader meets a good man. After meeting Esteban, Taylor's ideas about men change. How do they change? What do you think the author is trying to suggest by her placement of men within the novel? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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