Out of the Dust Book Quiz
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1) Which pair of words best describes the way Billie Jo’s thinking about the dust changes from the beginning of the book to the end of it?
Oppressive – Acceptable
Terrifying – Thrilling
Cheerful – Depressing
Intriguing – Dull
Beautiful – Gloomy
2) The genre of this book is best described as a combination of:
Science Fiction and Action-Adventure
Mystery and Biography
Poetry and Historical Fiction
How-to Guide and Persuasive Essay
Fantasy and Realistic Fiction
3) A unique aspect about the text structure of this book is that . . .
The story is told from the end to the beginning, or backward in time
The story is told in a series of poems
The story is told from the point of view of several different characters
The story includes a coded message at the bottom of each page
4) When her father says, “I dreamed of running off, too, though I never did. I didn’t have half your sauce, Billie Jo,” he means . . .
He doesn’t cook as well as Billie Jo
He doesn’t hate the dust as much as Billie Jo
He doesn’t have as much daring as Billie Jo
He will give up his share of their food so she can be happier
His dream was a message about what they should do to improve their lives
5) Billie Jo wishes her mother had praised her more for being at the top of her eighth grade class. After the accident with her mother, how does Billy Jo feel about her grades?
Grades become unimportant after the tragedy
If her mother were there, small praise would be enough
She is finally happy again and knows that her mother would be proud of her
She works even harder in school, because it is the key to escaping the dust
6) Which of these is NOT true from the book?
Aunt Ellis: Plans to take Franklin to live with her
Arley Wanderdale: Encourages Billie Jo to play the piano in public
Mr. Hardly: Takes biscuits from Billie Jo’s bag while she is sleeping
Mad Dog: A boy Billie Jo is interested in
7) A terrible accident occurs in this book. Which of the following might be the best reason for the author to include this event in the story?
To show readers that people can move past terrible things that happen to them
To show readers that kerosene is dangerous
To show readers about the kinds of accidents common to 1930’s Oklahoma
To make readers grateful for modern medicine
8) Which of the following things affects these characters the most?
9) Which of the following is NOT one of the ways the author shows how Billie Jo has trouble getting on with life after her mother’s accident?
She is terrified when the school catches on fire
She is self-conscious about the scars on her hands
She doesn’t talk to other kids the way she used to
She cannot wait to visit Aunt Ellis in Lubbock
10) Which of these shows Billie Jo’s concern about Louise?
“I don’t think she was ever really meant for farm life”
“She always gets testy about me playing”
“We don’t know how to talk anymore”
“I hope she doesn’t crowd me out of Daddy’s life”
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