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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. What is Abelitia's parting gift to Esperanza?
(a) A basket of figs.
(b) A blanket.
(c) A scarf.
(d) A poem.

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

3. Who is Sixto?
(a) The son of one of the field workers.
(b) Esperanza's father.
(c) The boss of the field workers.
(d) The mayor.

4. During their handiwork lesson in Chapter 1, what snack is brought to Esperanza and her grandmother?
(a) Tacos.
(b) Chiliques.
(c) Cookies.
(d) Sandwiches.

5. When Esperanza talks with Isabel, who does Esperanza say will come soon to rescue them and move them out of the camp?
(a) Abuelita.
(b) Tio Marco.
(c) Senor Rodriguez
(d) Tio Luis.

Short Answer Questions

1. On the journey to the train station, what is this wagon disguised as?

2. What outstanding fact does Marta reveal about her father?

3. What is Juan's daughter's name?

4. After the fire, what is the reason for an Ortega relative's visit?

5. When Abuelita is trying to get out of the house in Chapter 3, what does she manage to grab and rescue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the substance of the lecture Mama offers Esperanza when she realizes Alfonso and Hortensia hear Esperanza whining?

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

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

4. When all are planning to work in California, Esperanza says she will work, and everyone laughs. What tone did the author intend for this laugh?

5. In addition to Esperanza's father's death, what else is awful about the way in which Esperanza wakes on on her birthday?

6. In what way is the ruined rose garden a symbol?

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. The harvest is a time when all farmers have their work rewarded, so it is easy to understand why it is their favorite time of year. Why does Esperanza imply that it is her favorite time of year?

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

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

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