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The Bean Trees Study Guide Student Name: Watching Love Grow When Taylor Greer leaves home in search of a better life, she never expects to become the foster mother to an abused, abandoned child, whom she names Turtle. Forced to start afresh, Taylor and Turtle surround themselves with strong women who have also learned to survive on their own. What will these women, who have all seen hard times, teach Taylor about life and love? How do friends shape our view of the world? Be a Better Reader As you work through the study guide for The Bean Trees , you will practice these skills, which will help you when you read novels in the future, for school assignments or just for fun. 1. Describe how characters in a novel are developed. 2. Describe the plot development and structure of a novel. 3. Describe and analyze the role of setting in a novel. 4. Identify and analyze the themes in a novel. 5. Identify and analyze an author’s purpose and perspective. 6. Explain how historical context affects readers’ understanding and appreciation of a novel. Behind the Scenes American author Barbara Kingsolver (1955) never dreamed she would become a writer. In school, she studied biology an economics while dedicating her spare time to political activism, including protesting the Vietnam War. When she married and became pregnant in 1985, she began suffering from insomnia. Her doctor suggested that she tire herself out by scrubbing the bathroom tiles with a toothbrush, but Kingsolver took to the typewriter instead. Shortly after, she published her first novel, The Bean Trees , which was received with great critical acclaim. Perhaps because she never studied writing or dreamed of becoming a writer, Kingsolver had little interest in what critics thought of her work. She was much more interested to know that average Kentuckians were reading her novels, and that they felt well represented in her work. Readers familiar with Kingsolver’s biography will easily recognize her two great passions – social activism and environmental protection – in her novels, although Kingsolver claims that this is where the similarities end. With the exception of setting her novels in the Kentucky region where she grew up, Kingsolver claims there is nothing autobiographical about her work. Emma Madara
The Bean Trees Study Guide Student Name: The Plot The Bean Trees follows the lives of three strong female characters as they struggle to start their lives afresh in a world without men. How will they succeed, and in what ways will they influence each other’s lives? As you read The Bean Trees , fill in the boxes for each element of the novel’s plot. Emma Madara Taylor decides to fight to keep Turtle and to risk her own safety for Estevan and Esperanza. Turtle is attacked by a stranger in the park, she reverts back to her earlier state of traumatized silence and withdrawal.

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