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. With someone sick, how do Alfonso and Juan make conditions better?

2. As Chapter 12 begins, what celebration is coming up in at Isabel's school?

3. What does Esperanza discover when she opens her valise?

4. On Saturday night, what do the women do together that Esperanza actually enjoys?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. When the doctor comes to examine Mama and diagnose her illness, how does Esperanza react?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the time span of the story from harvest to harvest. How does the author's use of nature's cycle help her narrative?

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