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Characters Objects and Symbols Billie Jo Politics Historical Facts of the Dust Bowl
100
Have a rabbit killing contest
What do Mr. Noble and Mr. Romney do to take care of the rabbit infestation?
100
The piano
What is arguably the most precious object in this novel? It's a key element in Billie Jo's life, and it represents her Ma, her yearnings for freedom, her acceptance of herself, and means to escape real life.
100
The panhandle
Where do Billie Jo and her family live in Oklahoma?
100
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Who was elected president in 1932?
100
Both!
Was the Dust Bowl a natural or man-made disaster?
200
Aunt Ellis
What is the name of Pa's sister who comes to take baby brother away but arrives too late?
200
The dust
What is a never-ending obstruction to a good life? It is an obstacle to everything Billie Jo yearns for.
200
Heaven
What does Billie Jo call playing piano on stage?
200
The New Deal
What was the name of Mr. Roosevelt's plan to provide relief and recovery for the American people?
200
Drought, poor farming practices (over-plowing and planting), wheat prices plummeted due to the Great Depression and stock market crash
Name two causes of the Dust Bowl.
300
Goes on a drinking binge
What does Pa do as a result of Ma's injuries?
300
Spots
What does Billie Jo's father have on his face?
300
With the plates and glasses upside down
How does Billie Jo have to set the table during the Dust Bowl era?
300
California
Where did many farmers relocate to during the Dust Bowl?
300
Trees
What did Mr. Roosevelt suggest farmers plant to help with dust storms?
400
Franklin
What is the name of Billie Jo's baby brother?
400
The pond
What is a symbol of the big hole left in Daddy's heart by the deaths of Ma and Franklin?
400
Of flames
In Billie Jo's dream, Ma give birth to a baby what?
400
Roosevelt called for trees to be planted across the Great Plains to protect the land from further erosion.
What was the Shelterbelt Project?
400
Dust pneumonia was caused by breathing in the tiny dust particles.
What health problems were associated with the Dust Bowl?
500
Traces of Ma
What does Billy Jo think her father is looking for when he looks at her?
500
Ma's and Franklin's graves
What is like holy ground to Billie Jo? Even though in the end she is willing to let Louise into her life, she refuses to let Louise come here.
500
How Billie Jo threw the bucket of kerosene
What do the neighbors talk about after Ma's funeral?
500
It allotted money for refinancing mortgages to help farmers facing forclosure
What was the Emergency Farm Mortgage Act?
500
The worst "black blizzard" of the Dust Bowl.
What was Black Sunday?




Out of the Dust

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