Out of the Dust Test | Final 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. Which of the following do the children not bring for the live-in family?

2. How does Billie Jo describe her train trip?

3. Which of the following is not on Billie's Jo's list of things she is thankful for at Thanksgiving?

4. What does the government do to help the farmers?

5. Of what disease does Pete Guyton, the produce man, die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can something as normal as rain be viewed as special to Billie Jo and the people in town?

2. Billie Jo has not taken any interest in cleaning the house until she sees someone else scrubbing hardened mud. What does this prompt Billie Jo to do and why does she feel haunted by Ma in her actions?

3. How does Billie Jo finally come to terms with the dust and its full impact on her life?

4. How does Billie Jo block Louise's entry into a part of their lives?

5. Who is Joe De La Flor and what hardship does he face regarding his cattle?

6. What does Billie Jo admit to herself about her mother's death, her father's indifference toward her and her need to escape this life?

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

8. How did Billie Jo's time away change the relationship between her and her father?

9. How does fire seem to be an ever-present threat in Billie Jo's life?

10. What are the circumstances around the black cloud on the way to the funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the thought process that Billie Jo has that prompts her to hop a train headed west. What prompts her to return home? What was the purpose of this experience for both Billie Jo and Daddy?

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of Daddy. Be sure to include both physical and emotional characteristics as well as personal motivations, fears, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Who is Louise and what is her role in the family? Is Billie Jo right to be cautiously optimistic about Louise's presence in her life? Explain.

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