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 does Esperanza give to children of the poor man who approaches them at the market?

2. On the evening of the first dinner at Esperanza's cabin, what do the adults complain of?

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

4. In Chapter 8, what kind of storm forces the workers back to the cabin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In what way is Mama's illness a commentary on the working conditions of the migrant workers?

5. 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?

6. In Chapter 9, when Esperanza brings the blanket to the hospital, why do she and Mama cry?

7. At the end of the Chapter 7, Esperanza prays. How do her prayers reveal the subtle change she is beginning to make?

8. 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?

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

10. What is significant about Esperanza giving beans to the man at Marta's camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the female characters are crocheting lace, teaching crocheting, giving crocheted gifts. Sometimes it is the actual crocheted article that is important; at other times, the activity itself is emphasized. What might crocheting symbolize, or come to symbolize, to the women of El Rancho de las Rosas?

Essay Topic 2

The characters in Esperanza Rising go from riches to rags. Explore the theme of becoming richer in some sense while actually becoming poorer in the economic sense. How is this notion developed as a theme?

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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