Out of the Dust Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Daddy doing based on advice Ma had given him?

2. After the exhibit is over, Billie Jo is angry because ___________________________.

3. What does Daddy no longer tell Billie Jo?

4. Why does the person in #79 not ask Billie Jo to try out for a sport?

5. What does Billie Jo see on the way to the store?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the lack of cranberry sauce such a poignant lack at Christmas dinner?

2. What is the dust a metaphor for?

3. Explain the symbolism of Ma's death which corresponds with the devastation of the apple trees.

4. What is Billie Jo looking forward to regarding the apples?

5. What does Billie Jo think about the dinosaur bones that are found in Oklahoma?

6. How does Mad Dog say he got his nickname? What is his real name?

7. Explain the accident that severely injures Ma and Billie Jo.

8. How does Billie Jo attempt to escape her life and the dust?

9. With whom does Billie Jo share a train car for a short while? Explain that experience and what it teaches Billie Jo.

10. For what things is Billie Jo thankful on this Thanksgiving?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of art and culture in Billie Jo's life? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the story, Louise places a bowl of perfect apples on the shelf. What is the significance of the apples to Billie Jo and to the story overall? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Leaving is a common theme in the story. Cite some examples of people leaving in Billie Jo's life and how she herself longs to leave her existence.

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