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. After they all discuss family options in Chapter 3, what is Ramona's request of Alfonso?

2. When Abuelita is trying to comfort Esperanza, she reminds her of a myth. What is the bird in that myth?

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

4. What picture does one of the frail beggar women carry who asks for money on the train?

5. What does Mama do for the child who interrupted Esperanza's playing on the train?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Hortensia's recalling the story of the bandits in the house while they are hiding in the wagon?

2. What is the symbolic significance of the the shrine Alfonso and Miguel erect?

3. In Chapter 9, when Esperanza brings the blanket to the hospital, why do she and Mama cry?

4. How does the short, intimate exchange Mama and Esperanza have after the jamaica effect Esperanza's mood?

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

6. As Miguel and Esperanza drive to the market, what does Esperanza notice, apparently for the first time about herself?

7. Mama seems quick to interpret Esperanza's cut finger as a omen involving her husband. Why might she be preoccupied with his safety at this time?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of perseverance in Esperanza Rising.

Essay Topic 2

In Esperanza Rising there are numerous references to religion, praying, and engaging "spirits" of dead people in conversations or decisions. Discuss the role spirituality plays in the lives of the characters of Esperanza Rising.

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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