Esperanza Rising Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Abelitia's parting gift to Esperanza?

2. What is in the trunk that the visitors have left in Chapter 3?

3. If Ramona were to stay in Mexico and remain single, what would be her life situation?

4. On the truck ride when Marta talks about the workers' conditions and attempts to improve their lives, who is it that listens intently?

5. Who are Papa's older step brothers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Miguel help Esperanza in her adjustment to work when she is left to do household chores?

2. At the time the fire is discovered, what might be the reason Esperanza is dreaming that a bear is waking her?

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

4. In the beginning of the story, the reader sees two parents who love their daughter. What kind of life do Esperanza's parents prepare her for?

5. What disappointment does MIguel face on his first day at the camp in California?

6. How does Alfonso show his affection and respect for Ramona (Mama) Ortega when they arrive in California?

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

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

9. What is the symbolism of the author having Alfonso and his son Miguel be the ones who return to the ranch with the dead body of Papa?

10. In what way is the character of Tio Luis a stock character, in this case, the villain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through the trials and experiences of the Ortega family, the reader is given a portrayal of the life of Mexican workers in the United States. What is the impression that Ryan gives of this life and what are the central events or images that contribute to this portrayal?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the time span of the story from harvest to harvest. How does the author's use of nature's cycle help her narrative?

Essay Topic 3

The Ortegas and Alfonso's family are never far from nature. Even when they are rich, Ryan resorts to nature imagery. Later, when they live as peasants, they are close to nature. Discuss the role of nature and the nature imagery in Esperanza Rising.

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