The following two-page worksheet contains sixteen of the most insightful or significant quotes in Barbara Kingsolver's novel "The Bean Trees." For each quotation, students should identify the speaker and explain the literal, figurative, or universal meaning. What is the subtext of the quote, or what is the speaker or author really “saying”? What is the importance of the quotation not only in the given setting of the story, but also in the real world? Students develop their writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis.