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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 Esperanza's reaction to the girl with dirty hands who tries to hold her hand at the camp?

2. Who is Hortensia?

3. What does Marta's family do for a living?

4. What is one detail of the luxurious train ride that Esperanza does NOT mention?

5. What is Mama's reaction to a marriage proposal after Papa's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In Chapter 11, the strikers want to impede the progress of the asparagus harvest. Why is that an effective tactic?

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

4. How does the author suggest that Esperanza's plan to bring Abuelita to them has the desired effect on Mama?

5. In what way does the author's description of what survived the fire reveal the degree of ruin?

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

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

8. When the doctor comes to examine Mama and diagnose her illness, how does Esperanza react?

9. How does the sequence of events from Miguel and Esperanza's argument, to her money missing work to cast suspicion on Miguel as the thief?

10. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The title of this novel is Esperanza Rising. There is a scenario in Chapter 5 wherein Esperanza feels she is floating above the earth. However, there are several meanings of the word "rising." Reflect on this scene and the meanings of this book. Finally, with attention to more than one meaning of the word, explain why Esperanza Rising is an appropriate title for this novel.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 2 of Esperanza Rising, Esperanza is at a low point and her grandmother reminds her of a story she has told Esperanza many times, the myth of the phoenix rising out of its own ashes. What is inspirational about this myth and why is it appropriate that Abuelita, rather than any other character, be the one to refer to this myth at this time?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the work ethic as evidenced in Esperanza Rising. What might the author be saying about the value of work?

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