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 is the first person to arrive at Esperanza's on the morning of her birthday?

2. What outstanding fact does Marta reveal about her father?

3. When Esperanza is in the garden, on what does she cut her finger?

4. Once on the train, how does Mama manage to keep busy?

5. When Ramona discusses family choices with Hortensia and her family, where does Hortensia and her family make it known they are going?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Miguel show his allegiance to his family in the midst of the fire?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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

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