What can the reader infer about Bess Hickson from Paragraph 3?
She believes in luck.
She is growing up.
She regrets getting married.
She does not want a baby.
The cotton plants described in paragraph 5 serve as a metaphor for -
The unborn baby
Which line provides the best evidence that Bess's father is hurt by her marriage?
"Well, ef Bess an' I suit each other, nobody else has got any kick comin'."
"An' to think you've throwed yourself away on this nothing, you fool, when I'd 'a' done anything in the world for you!"
With a shiver she remembered his cold fury when she told him of her marriage.
"An' don't come crawlin' to me when he starves you, as he'll sure do."
Why does the author include the information about the dying garden in paragraph 2?
To give the reader a concrete image of drought
To show that the characters do not know how to farm
To illustrate the troubles the couple faces
To help the reader connect with Bess
Use "Between Hell and Texas" to answer questions 6-9
Read the Dictionary entry below for the word abysmal.
Abysmal (uh-biz-muhl) adj.1. very deep; unfathomable 2. very profound; limitless 3. very bad or wretched 4. immeasurably great
Which definition represents the meaning of abysmal as it is used in paragraph 3?
Why does the author include the quotation from Meinzer in paragraph 5?
To enhance the description of the drought by providing a firsthand account of it
To help the reader understand the difference between "extreme" and "exceptional" drought
To explain the difference between juniper and mesquite trees
To show that even though Meinzer is a photographer, he understands ranching
Which quotation best supports what Meinzer says in paragraph 1?
"On the ranches in the badlands, the main overstory shrubbery is juniper. I would say up to 70 percent of that juniper actually died. Now, that no one has ever seen before."
" A lot of photographers have a tendency to exaggerate a little bit, maybe - set the deal up where the shot happens just right. But at the big ranches where I went, all I did was, I roamed. I roamed and I found. And I documentd what I saw."
"So he walked up to her, and as he walked up I took that image, and then he shot her. That was tough on me. I imagine it was tougher on him, because that's his cattle he's had for years."
"When I would find a subject that really defined the drought, I was saddened by it. But at the same time I was excited because it gave me an opportunity to communicate such devastation."
How do the photographs support the author's arugment in the final paragraph?
They stand in contrast to the photos of Texas's beautiful landscapes Meinzer took in the past.
They show why Meinzer is a celebrated photographer.
They serve as examples of Meinzer's picturesque images of the state.
They document the drought in all its ugliness.
Use "The Drought" and "Between Hell and Texas" to answer questions 10-16
Which option best describes the effect of drought on Bess Hickson in "The Drought" and on Wyman Meinzer in "Between Hell and Texas"?
Bess is desperate while Wyman is saddened.
Bess is grieving while Wyman is excited.
Bess is angry while Wyman is disillusioned.
Bess is ashamed while Wyman is resigned.
Which element is the same for both pieces?
Which quotation from "Between Hell and Texas" echoes what Bess learns in "The Drought"?
"The drought was abysmal."
"I appreciate beautiful flowers, beautiful landscapes, beautiful skies. But there is an ugly side of life too."
"Anytime that you see loss of life, that's very troubling."
"When I would find a subject that really defined the drought, I was saddened by it."
Both selections explore how drought -
forces people to grow up fast
wipes out entire communities
makes people yearn for the past
devestates farmers and ranchers
Which option best states the purposes of these two selections?
"The Drought" expresses the foolishness of Bess and her husband; "Between Hell and Texas" provides information about the effects of drought on three Texas counties.
"The Drought" teaches that farming is a difficult way to make a living; "Between Hell and Texas" celebrates the photography of Wyman Meinzer.
"The Drought" explores the effects of a devastating drought on a young woman; "Between Hell and Texas" communicates the devestation of the 2011 drought.
"The Drought" laments the consequences of a young woman going against her father's wishes; "Between Hell and Texas" laments the passing of Texas's beautiful flowers, landscapes, and skies.
Which pair of quotations from "The Drought" and "Between Hell and Texas" illustrates the difference btween Bess Hickson's situation and Wyman Meinzer's?
Bess Hickson gazed in despair at her little vegetable garden, which the drought has killed. and "People think photographers gravitate to nothing but beauty."
Her mind fled from its dreary present to the past, so recent, yet so remote! and But Meinzer takes the honor seriously and makes sure that, as our ambassador, he represents every corner of the state.
Surely rain would come before the cotton crop was ruined, Bess Hickson told herself. and "I appreciate beautiful flowers, beautiful landscapes, beautiful skies. But there's an ugly side to life, too."
She had already delayed too long, but now at least something must be done. "What am I going to do?" she asked herself querulously. "I don't see any way out - unless - " and "The drought was abysmal. I felt it was my duty to document it in all of its ugliness."
The tone of the final paragraph in each selection is --