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The Bean Trees, Chapters 1-4 Quiz

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 9/11/2012

This multiple choice quiz requires thought and intelligence. It's also easy to grade.

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    Remember your first year teaching? You wanted to single-handedly reform the educational system by creating difficult tests. You were feeling pretty good until you had to grade them. After 17 1/2 hours of grading, you felt like the runner-up in a 4th of July hot dog eating contest who vomited, slipped in it, broke his collar bone, suffered a concussion, and became a vegetarian.

    You vowed only to give matching, true/false, and multiple choice exams for the rest of your life. Even better, use this multiple choice test on The Bean Trees and needed a multiple choice quiz for chapters 1-4 that challenged students and made them demonstrate an understanding of literary devices.

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    The Bean Trees - Chapters 1-4

    Multiple Choice

    Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

    ____ 1. Which of the following stereotypes is NOT perpetuated in chapters 1-4?

    a. Everybody from Kentucky is a hillbilly.

    b. People from the South discriminate against African-Americans.

    c. Hillbilly women all end up pregnant by the time they're 15.

    d. Kentuckians ain't got no good dadgum edumacation.

    ____ 2. What is ironic about Missy and Mother's head rights?

    a. Missy's father got his head chopped off by a tractor tire while diggin trenches in World War I.

    b. Neither of them have any rights because they're ignorant hillbillies from Kentucky.

    c.They can legally live on Cherokee land even though they have never met a Cherokee.

    d. None of the above.

    ____ 3. What is ironic about Turtle?

    a. Missy spent the first 20 years of her life making sure she didn't get pregnant, yet ends up taking care of a baby that's not hers.

    b. Even though her name is turtle, she runs really fast and doesn't have a shell.

    c. She's not really a turtle.

    d. all of the above.

    ____ 4. Chapters 1and 3 focus on ___________. Chapters 2 and 4 focus on ___________.

    a. Lou Ann; Missy

    b. Turtle; Louann

    c. Missy; Turtle

    d. Missy; Louann

    ____ 5. The _________________ shifts from 1st person to third person in chapter 2.

    a. characterization

    b. plot

    c. conflict

    d. point of view

    ____ 6. What is the name of the tire store at which Mattie works?

    a. Zeus's Goodyear Tires

    b. Buddha's Retreads

    c. Jesus is Lord Used Tires

    d. Big O

    ____ 7. Lou Anne's Mother and Grandmother can best be described as _________.

    a. supportive and open-minded

    b. loving and caring

    c. judgmental and meddlesome

    d. all of the above

    ____ 8. Why does Lou Ann's mother not approve of Angel?

    a. He's Mexican

    b. He's a cowboy

    c. He leaves Lou Ann

    d. She was once attacked by a hell's angel at a 4th of July hotdog eating contest and reacts negatively to anyone that reminds her of the incident.

    ____ 9. What is ironic about Lou Ann's husband's name.

    a. He's not very holy.

    b. He is a horrible guardian.

    c. He's not helpful.

    d. all of the above

    ____ 10. Why is Turtle so shy?

    a. She misses her family.

    b. She has Down's Syndrome

    c. She's been sexually abused.

    d. all of the above

    Answers (you may not want to include these at the bottom of the actual quiz): b c a d d c c a d c

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Bean Trees Chapter Quizzes

These four quizzes require more than just rote memorization. They require a knowledge of literary terms and the ability to think critically.
  1. The Bean Trees, Chapters 1-4 Quiz
  2. Bean Trees Quiz, Chapters 6-12
  3. The Bean Trees, Chapter 13-17