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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Esperanza say she will marry some day?
(a) Miguel.
(b) Alfonso
(c) Marco.
(d) The mayor.

2. Once on the train, how does Mama manage to keep busy?
(a) She crochets.
(b) She writes in a journal.
(c) She prays with a rosary.
(d) She knits.

3. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what family friend helps the Ortegas and their friends leave Mexico?
(a) The lawyer.
(b) The mayor.
(c) The family doctor.
(d) Senor Rodriguez.

4. After Esperanza's birthday, who is spending so much time in her father's study?
(a) Miguel and Hortensia.
(b) Tio Luis and Tio Marco.
(c) Abuelita and Mama.
(d) Miguel and Alfonso.

5. In the recollection that Hortensia told about bandits in the house, what did Miguel have in his pocket that proved useful?
(a) A mouse.
(b) A gun.
(c) A trap.
(d) A knife.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the lawyer comes to explain Papa's will, who is to receive the income for the grapes?

2. Who made the first cut at harvest time?

3. What is the main crop Esperanza's father grows?

4. What word most accurately describes how everyone on the ranch feels about the presence of the visitors who seem to take over Papa's study?

5. What was the treat Esperanza remembers from an earlier time in Zacatecas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about the migrant worker camp that is difficult for Esperanza?

2. What is significant about Esperanza's reaction to the odors that she now smells among the peasants and on the train?

3. When Esperanza talks with her uncles in her father's office, why does the condition of her father's desk bother her?

4. When Esperanza and Miguel get off the train at a temporary stop, Miguel explains a scenario that is apparently inexplicable to Esperanza. What is this scenario?

5. How does Esperanza'a reaction to her fellow travelers on the family trip from Mexico to California compare or contrast to her mother's reaction to them?

6. How does Papa impart his love of the land to Esperanza?

7. Once Esperanza explains to Miguel the difference in their social class by saying that they live on different sides of the river. In what context, after the death of her father, does he repeat this expression to Esperanza?

8. How does Senor Rodriguez's gift of papayas renew the grief Esperanza already feels for the loss of her father?

9. What do the "line up" of dolls in Esperanza's room represent?

10. Esperanza meets Marta, a girl they pick up in the truck, who is friendly with Isabel. How is Marta's reaction to Esperanza different from the treatment she had from Isabel?

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