The Farming of Bones Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the man driving the truck able to sneak Amabelle across the border?

2. What shape did Amabelle's father always make her Christmas lanterns?

3. What lead to Yves' father's death?

4. What does Yves tell Amabelle is missing from the record books of the slaughter being kept by the church?

5. Why did Man Rapadou kill her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on her development and:

1) Describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Amabelle.

2) Discuss the impact of this character on Amabelle's life and personality.

3) Discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Amabelle than others?

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) A definition of "the farming of bones."

2) The variety of meanings that the phrase takes on in the novel (beyond it's literal meaning).

3) What the phrase represents about Amabelle's life.

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

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