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. When Esperanza talks with Isabel, who does Esperanza say will come soon to rescue them and move them out of the camp?

2. What is the job Esperanza and Isabel have at the camp?

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

4. On the journey to the train station, what is this wagon disguised as?

5. When the lawyer comes to explain Papa's will, who is to receive the house on the ranch?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Esperanza'a reaction to her fellow travelers on the family trip from Mexico to California compare or contrast to her mother's reaction to them?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Senor Rodriguez's gift of papayas renew the grief Esperanza already feels for the loss of her father?

10. 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?

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

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

All of the chapter titles of this novel are names of fruit. After reading the novel, explain why Pam Munoz Ryan, the author might have chosen to title the chapters in this way.

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