Esperanza Rising Test | Final 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 is the surprise Alfonso and Miguel show the women after dinner in Chapter 7?

2. What honor is Isabel expecting to win at the celebration at her school in Chapter 12?

3. What do the families have for dessert on their first dinner together?

4. What does Esperanza do to earn money once she is the only one in her family working?

5. When Esperanza teases Isabel that she seems to hate all the crops, what is one crop Isabel says she loves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are Esperanza's sympathies with regard to the strikers?

2. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?

3. How does the sequence of events from Miguel and Esperanza's argument, to her money missing work to cast suspicion on Miguel as the thief?

4. Isabel wants to be the May Day Queen. When she tells Esperanza this, what is ironic about her reason for wanting to be this queen?

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

6. In Chapter 9, before Mama is in the hospital, how does the reader see that her illness affects all?

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

8. Chapter 10 is entitled Los Aguacates, the avocados. Why is this a meaningful title for this particular chapter?

9. Comment on the image of communal life at this work camp once the work day is over that Ryan portrays in Chapter 7.

10. How is the act of Esperanza's gift of the porcelain doll symbolic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina author or illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Esperanza Rising received this award. Explain why this work deserves this award. In other words, evaluate the work in terms of the criteria for the award.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

In what way is Esperanza Rising a work of socially responsible historical fiction?

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