The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
Contributed by Vernita Mires
Discussion Questions

Lily’s mother died: 

  1. of a mysterious disease 
  2. in a mysterious accident involving a gun 
  3. in a mysterious plane crash  

When Lily grows up she wants to: 

  1. be writer and an English teacher 
  2. own a peach farm 
  3. be a nurse 

Lily’s mother had a picture of: 

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  2. August Boatwright 
  3. The Black Madonna 

What color is August’s house? 

  1. pink 
  2. yellow 
  3. tan 

What was the name of May’s twin sister? 

  1. April 
  2. Autumn 
  3. Spring 

What does Zach want to do for a living? 

  1. be a professional football player 
  2. work with bees 
  3. be a lawyer 

Where does May go when she is sad? 

  1. church 
  2. her wailing wall 
  3. the honey house 

What gift does Zach give Lily? 

  1. a necklace 
  2. a notebook 
  3. a hairbrush 

What does Rosaleen steal from the church? 

  1. a bible 
  2. two fans 
  3. silver candlesticks 

What present did T. Ray give Deborah that Lily wears? 

  1. a blue cardigan sweater 
  2. a pearl necklace 
  3. a whale pin 

What does Zach give Lily to remember him by? 

  1. his dogtag 
  2. a promise ring 
  3. his picture 

What do the women rub all over the Our Lady of Chains statue? 

  1. flour 
  2. honey 
  3. lipstick 

What does Lily touch for strength? 

  1. the statue’s heart 
  2. her mother’s hair brush 
  3. Zach’s dogtag 

What is Lily’s favorite snack?

  1. peaches 
  2. chocolate cake 
  3. Coke and peanuts 

What color does August drape the hives in when May dies? 

  1. pink 
  2. black 
  3. grey 
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