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 did Edna Poppy his the "bad man" with?

2. What do Taylor and Esteban rent in Chapter 15?

3. What does Esperanza give to Turtle in Chapter 16?

4. How much time does Lou Ann take off work to stay home with Taylor?

5. How does Lou Ann interpret travel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Esteban and Angel are the most prominent male characters in text; however, they are very different from one another. Compare and contrast Angel and Esteban. What do they each symbolize in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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