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 plant does Turtle point to in the garden in Chapter 10?

2. What type of car does Taylor take in Chapter 13?

3. What does Esteban say about Turtle in Chapter 14?

4. Where will Taylor drive Esperanza Esteban in Chapter 13?

5. What did Edna Poppy his the "bad man" with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 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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