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. Who made the first cut at harvest time?

2. Who is Alfonso?

3. When the women in the camp laugh at Esperanza and upset her, who helps her?

4. When the traveling group reaches the wagon, what is it that Hortensia predicts that Tio Luis has already bragged about?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Esperanza meets Marta, a girl they pick up in the truck, who is friendly with Isabel. How is Marta's reaction to Esperanza different from the treatment she had from Isabel?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina author or illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Esperanza Rising received this award. Explain why this work deserves this award. In other words, evaluate the work in terms of the criteria for the award.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of perseverance in Esperanza Rising.

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