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. What do the travelers sit on in the train to California?

2. What is the name of the poor woman Mama befriends on the train?

3. What is Abuelita's opinion of Ramona's idea of how they will survive and support themselves?

4. What is Abelitia's parting gift to Esperanza?

5. Who is Alfonso?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the symbolic significance of the the shrine Alfonso and Miguel erect?

6. How does the short, intimate exchange Mama and Esperanza have after the jamaica effect Esperanza's mood?

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

8. 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?

9. In what way does the last chapter's structure work to suggest a complete cycle, like a cycle of nature?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are many strong female characters in Esperanza Rising. Explore and discuss the view of women that arises from Ryan's characterizations of these women.

Essay Topic 3

The Ortegas and Alfonso's family are never far from nature. Even when they are rich, Ryan resorts to nature imagery. Later, when they live as peasants, they are close to nature. Discuss the role of nature and the nature imagery in Esperanza Rising.

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