Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate
What follows is one reader's suggestion of especially important words relating to the novel
. You could call these
. The individual words themselves might not all be
found in the novel—or might not play a prominent part—but they represent an image, concept,
theme, motif, symbol, issue, or idea contained in the novel.
Examine the list, thinking about the significance of each word within
The Bean Trees
word from the list and write a response of about two paragraphs in which you explain
the word's role in the novel and why it can be considered a keyword. In other words, explain the
importance of your chosen word within the context of the novel. In your discussion, use
direct quotations from the novel to support your argument.