Out of the Dust By Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust Study Guide

1. How is Billie Jo's relationship with her father in the beginning of the book? Why?

2. How does Billie Jo feel about her mother? Why?

3. What is something that Billie Jo wants from her mother and esp her father?

4. Why does Billie Jo have such a love of the paino?

5. What is the freak accident that happens to Billie Jo and her mother?

6. What happens to Billie Jo's mother and baby brother Franklin?

7. When is Franklin named and why?

8. How does Billie Jo's mother and brother's death affect Billie Jo?

9. What is the irony of Franklin's death?

10. How do the deaths affect Billie Jo's father?

11. How do the deaths affect Billie Jo and her father's relationship?

12. How do people treat Billie Jo after the accident?

13. What are some of the things that Billie Jo misses about her mother?

14. What is something that Billie Jo wants from the very beginning of the novel?

15. Is this still something that she wants after her mother's death? Why?

16. What is something that Billie Jo stopped doing after her mother's death?

17. Why does she stop? (There are 2 answers to this question)

18. Why does Billie Jo leave?

19. Why does she come back?

20. What changes between Billie Jo and her father after she comes back?

21. What changes does Billie Jo's father make?

22. What is the reason he gives as to going to nigh school?

23. What is the real reason why he is going?

24. Who does Billie Jo's father meet at night school?

25. What becomes the nature of the relationship of Billie Jo's father and Louise?

26. How does Billie Jo feel about this new relationship?

27. How does Louise change things for the better?

28. Why won't Billie Jo allow Louise to visit her mother's and brother's graves?

29. How does Billie Jo's father feel about letting Louise visit the graves?

30. How does Billie Jo let Louise in?