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. Who owns the barbershop?

2. Belle had told Woodrow about a man in prison who ________________________.

3. Gypsy has a recurring dream about _______________________.

4. How does Gypsy know that Woodrow is upset by the visit from the person in #74?

5. Which of the following did Belle NOT do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the significance of Gypsy's long hair in the story?

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

10. What illness is Gypsy suffering from, and how has Porter also been affected by her sickness?

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

The author used more than one iteration on the theme of abandonment. Identify at least two examples about abandonment in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Ruth White's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where she did.

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