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. At the time of the harvest, how long had the Mexican revolution been over?

2. What does the Orgeta relative visiting after the fire think Esperanza will learn at the school?

3. What does Marta's family do for a living?

4. If Ramona were to stay in Mexico and remain single, what would be her life situation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What has Papa said about Tio Luis and Tio Marco that suggest that they are not men he admires?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of perseverance in Esperanza Rising.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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