- What bothers Taylor at the border patrol check?
- What is the national symbol of the Indian people of Guatemala?
- Of what ancient people are Estevan and Esperanza descendants?
- Who is the guardian saint of refugees?
- What disturbs Taylor the most about the treatment of the refugees?
- What is the name of Turtle’s doll?
- What advantage becomes obvious once they drive on to the Cherokee nation?
- What gives Taylor a cold feeling in her stomach?
- What complicates Taylor’s search for relatives of Turtle?
- At the end of the chapter, what does Taylor decide to do?
- the girl at the bar
- How are the alligator (“symbol” of Americans) and the quetzal (symbol of Mayans) different? What is Kingsolver saying about the American and Mayan cultures?
- How does the chapter’s theme of “What is a home?” relate to Taylor, Turtle, Estevan, and Esperanza?
- What is the symbolism of the word “Repent” carved on the sign about the volcano at Texas Canyon?
- What is the symbolism of the Texas landscape looking like a place left unfinished when God went on strike?
- Why is St. Christopher, the saint of refugees, mentioned in the book? How is St. Christopher related to the discussion of oppressed Indians?
- What is the significance and role of Shirley Poppy?
- What theme is suggested by the changes to Irene Hoge?
- What has changed at the place Taylor was given Turtle? What is the significance of these changes?
- How does Taylor’s opinion of the Cherokee Nation change?
- What is the role of the Cherokee Nation in the book?
Cultural and Historical Allusions
- Izod shirts (alligator logo)
- St. Christopher (saint of refugees)
- Plymouth Rock
- Magnum P.I.
Medical, Natural, and Geographic Allusions
- quetzal bird
- Texas Panhandle
- Ozark Mountains
- Lake O’ the Cherokees
- Oologah Lake