The Farming of Bones Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Sebastien work?

2. Who does Senora Valencia name her daughter in honor of?

3. What is Amabelle doing when she hears Senora Valencia scream?

4. Who stays with Senora Valencia the night after the children are born?

5. Why does the narrator's father caution her against playing with her shadow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Danticat's beautiful, lyrical language lends a layer of richness to the experience of reading The Farming of Bones. Select three instances where the author uses strong sensory language and:

1) Describe the language she uses.

2) Discuss the impact of the language on your experience of reading this scene. How does your understanding of the story change because of this language? How is it enhanced? Is it more or less pleasurable? Why?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

The relationships between parents and their children is a recurring topic in The Farming of Bones. Select two of the following pairs and discuss the relationship between the parent and child. Focus your discussion on the impact of the relationship between parent and child. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

1) Amabelle and her parents.

2) Senora Valencia and her parents (Papi and her deceased mother).

3) Senora Valencia, Senor Pico and the twins.

4) Yves and Man Rapadou.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the bold and non-bold chapters in the novel. Focus on:

1) The similarities and differences in topics discussed in these chapters.

2) The similarities and differences in tone and mood of these chapters.

3) The similarities and differences in language used in these chapters.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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