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. Gypsy has a recurring dream about _______________________.

2. What does Woodrow want to do in his life?

3. What does Gypsy say she wants most?

4. What happens as Woodrow's popularity grows?

5. What does Gypsy accidentally call Woodrow's former home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Blind Benny and what is revealed about his character based on Gypsy and Woodrow's perceptions of him?

2. How does Woodrow's behavior at Porter's birthday party showcase both his confidence and his shyness?

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

4. What is evident about Woodrow's relationship with his father as shown in Chapter 9?

5. How does Gypsy help Woodrow navigate the waters of the small town gossips, especially in Akers' barber shop?

6. What is revealed about Gypsy and Woodrow's characters and their feelings about their looks in their tree house conversation in Chapter 6?

7. Describe Everett's visit to see Woodrow at his grandparents' house.

8. Describe Gypsy's delirious attack at the movie theater.

9. How does Gypsy's life compare to the life that Woodrow has led prior to coming to live with his grandparents?

10. What does Gypsy learn from her mother about what happened between her, Amos and Belle years ago?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the greatest lesson Gypsy learns from Porter? Is it true that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Gypsy always recall about Porter and how he was able to reach out to her that summer?

Essay Topic 2

Grief takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of Gypsy's grief? What about Woodrow's grief? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in the American South during the mid-20th century. What precedents did these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? How were their lives significantly more difficult than the lives of 21st century women?

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