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1. How is Jalcocotbn described in Part One, Section 1?

Jalcocotbn is described as a small mountainous village reachable only by steep, rocky trails. The background of the village is a forest that holds secret footpaths that provide an escape for the residents in case of an attack.

2. What are the historical and psychological reasons for the author writing this book?

The author states the he wrote this book for historical and psychological reasons. The historical reason is that many others shared his experience as they migrated to the U.S, while the psychological reason is the author's desire to communicate his confidence in his self-image as a Mexican immigrant.

3. What does the author's language and description of Jalco seem to emphasize?

The way that the author describes Jalco seems to emphasize how rural the village was. The language that he uses also emphasizes the difference between the cultures of the English-speaking world and the Spanish-speaking world.

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