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. After Isabel's news about the new building project, what news does Miguel come home with?

2. On the morning after the strike, what does Esperanza see hanging from a tree?

3. Who does Esperanza find hiding after the officials leave?

4. During the harvest time, who becomes ill?

5. In Chapter 8, it is harvest time. What crop is the family harvesting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Esperanza's visit to the hospital on Christmas Day?

2. In Chapter 11, the strikers want to impede the progress of the asparagus harvest. Why is that an effective tactic?

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

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

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

6. When Esperanza details the things she misses about her mother, why is she so surprised at herself?

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

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

9. As Miguel and Esperanza drive to the market, what does Esperanza notice, apparently for the first time about herself?

10. In what way could one see that there is even a subtle class system inherent among migrant workers?

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

During the course of the novel, Esperanza sheds her coddled sense of entitlement and emerges as a responsible young woman. Who or what are the primary motivators responsible for this social and emotional growth?

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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