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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 last name?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what family friend helps the Ortegas and their friends leave Mexico?

3. After Esperanza's birthday, who is spending so much time in her father's study?

4. After the fire, what is the reason for an Ortega relative's visit?

5. Who is the friend that Esperanza looks forward to spending time with right after her birthday?

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. In Chapter 9, when Mama is in the hospital, describe the quality of Esperanza's care giving.

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

4. At dinner when the family discusses the strike and its progress, how does Miguel's outlook differ from his father's outlook about the support for the strike?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The characters in Esperanza Rising go from riches to rags. Explore the theme of becoming richer in some sense while actually becoming poorer in the economic sense. How is this notion developed as a theme?

Essay Topic 2

Much of what the reader learns about life in the migrant work camps entails children's lives. Comment on the quality of life available to children in these circumstances and how responsible Ryan's portrayal of children in the camps is.

Essay Topic 3

How might the concept of family be part of a theme of Esperanza Rising?

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