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. Who does Sebastien's sister Mimi work for?

2. Why does the narrator prefer her shadow to other children?

3. What does the narrator say she played with when she was a child?

4. Why does Amabelle believe her mother did not show her much affection?

5. How does the girl baby compare to the boy baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Farming of Bones, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select two of the following minor characters to analyze: Papi, Senor Pico, Kongo, Yves, Man Rapadou. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character.

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.

3) The impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

Essay Topic 2

Though Sebastien is not involved in much of the action of the novel, he plays a major role in the plot and development of Amabelle's character. Write an essay discussing:

1) Sebastien's character traits.

2) The impact of Sebastien's life on the plot and Amabelle's character.

3) The impact of Sebastien's death on the plot and Amabelle's character.

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

Essay Topic 3

Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1969 when she was 12 years old. Knowing this piece of information:

1) Discuss how you think her background influenced the creation of this novel.

2) Discuss the viewpoints she likely brings to the novel.

3) Critique the novel's point of view. Is it more or less trustworthy? Is it more or less biased? Why?

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

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