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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. When Mama and Esperanza pass through customs, what words are stamped on their documents?

2. After Mama talks with Esperanza in the cabin, what does Esperanza promise her mother?

3. When Esperanza is doing one of her chores, she hears women laughing at her. What is the chore she isn't doing well?

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 is Esperanza feeling about speaking English?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does the train ride Esperanza takes with her mother and Miguel's family compare or contrast with the previous train trip that Esperanza and Miguel took together with her father?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Every chapter is named after a fruit, and that fruit has a role in the action of the chapter. This chapter is "The Guavas." What role do the guavas play in the action of Chapter 4?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ramona, Esperanza's mother, undergoes a dramatic change in status. Discuss and evaluate Ramona as a role model for Esperanza.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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