The following worksheet is a pre-reading activity that will prepare students for the issues and themes they'll read in Barbara Kingsolver's novel "The Bean Trees." The worksheet contains eight statements that students will answer before reading the novel and after they finish it and state if they strongly agree or disagree with them. Space between the statements allows students is for students to elaborate on their stances on these topics. Some statements are written specifically towards American students and the American experience. This worksheet will engage your students and spur a small group or whole class discussion quickly as some of these statements are still relevant and topical today.