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Who am I?
I have a fondness for apples and love to play fierce piano.
Billie Jo Kelby
I don’t want to try any new farming ideas at the beginning of the story, but I learn to be more open-minded.
Bayard Kelby (Daddy)
My family and I become migrants and head west early in the novel.
I am Billie Jo’s “Ma” at the Christmas dinner, and I allow a migrant family to live in my school house for a few days.
My face is “full enough of springtime”, and I help Billie Jo and Daddy learn to live again in the resolution.
Answer both questions:
What type of figurative language is this?
This phrase is describing Billie Jo’s Ma. Name the character trait it is describing.
“She’s an old mule on the subject of my schooling.”
Metaphor; it is saying she is stubborn about making sure Billie Jo studies.
What literary device is this?
“…her fine tunes and her fancy fingerwork…”
What type of figurative language is this, and why did the author use it?
“Lightning danced down on its spindly legs.”
Personification; the author used it to help you visualize the lightning OR to make you feel like the lightning is alive
What type of figurative language is this, and what does it mean?
When she didn’t get to play the piano in the community play, Billie Jo gave her mother “a look foul as maggoty stew”
Simile; it means that she gave her mother a dirty look or a scowl
Answer BOTH questions:
What type of figurative language is this, and what is it saying about the attendance at the talent show?
“She didn’t think they could squeeze a rattlesnake into the back even if he’d paid full price, the place was so packed.”
Hyperbole; there were a LOT of spectators at the show.
What part of the plot diagram does this describe?
Oklahoma Panhandle, 1934-1935, during the Dust Bowl
During this part of the story, Billie Jo heads west on a train, then realizes the importance of family and goes back home.
Climax or turning point
During this part of the story, Billie Jo loses almost everything that is important to her as the events get complicated.
During this part of the story, we learn about the characters, setting, and problem.
During this part of the story, Billie Jo, her father, and Louise are building a new life together as a family.
This was a time of economic hardship for the U.S. and Europe.
The Great Depression
This man was the president during the novel; he had polio and served a record 4 terms.
FDR, or Franklin D. Roosevelt
This famous aviator’s baby was kidnapped during the time of the novel.
Billie Jo’s father fought in France during this war from 1914-1918.
World War I
Anyone caught making this illegal substance during Prohibition was taken to jail.
Out of the Dust is written in this type of poetry.
Karen Hesse chose to tell the story in 1st person point of view for this reason.
So the reader could understand Billie Jo’s thoughts and feelings.
Billie Jo learns the importance of doing this in order to be able to heal her soul. She must _______ both herself and Daddy for their involvement in the accident.
Throughout the novel, Daddy learns to be open-minded, to listen to other people’s ideas, and to try new things. Give two examples of things he did at the end of the novel that prove he has learned those lessons.
Dug Ma’s pond, tried new crops, went to the doctor, did chores for Louise, etc.
“The way I see it, hard times aren’t only about money, or drought, or dust. Hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.”
What theme is Billie Jo expressing?
Never give up on your dreams; stay positive, etc.