Belle Prater's Boy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ruth White
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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 drink does Gypsy's mother give her while she is ill?

2. During Sunday School, Woodrow tells a story about Buck Coleman who ________________________.

3. What is Gypsy Leemaster's middle name?

4. What does Gypsy say she wants most?

5. How does Gypsy rest through the night after she is brought home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Woodrow's character and how he easily ingratiates himself to people.

2. What is the significance of windows in Gypsy's subconscious and how is that exaggerated while watching the film "Rear Window" at the theater?

3. Who are Gypsy's mother and stepfather, and where do they live?

4. What is the significance of the woman in Everett's car when he comes to visit Woodrow?

5. What are some of Woodrow's experiences in his new life that point out the poverty he lived in until now?

6. What does it mean when Gypsy calls Woodrow's former home a shack?

7. What is Gypsy's recurring nightmare and what does it foreshadow?

8. Explain how Woodrow and Gypsy's characteristics have been shaped by their different backgrounds.

9. How does Woodrow help save Gypsy from hurtful adult gossip about her father and what seems to be the common bond they share?

10. How does the author introduce the theme of beauty in Chapter 2 related to what Gypsy learns about her mother and Belle's relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Belle Prater's Boy" is a classic example of a coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the lives of Gypsy and Woodrow. How are their circumstances similar? In what ways are their lives different? What draws them together to make them friends? What could have threatened to kill a friendship even before it began?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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