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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. In Chapter 8 at harvest time, how many days a week are the workers working?
2. Before Esperanza leaves the hospital after Mama's diagnosis, what does she do for Mama?
3. On Christmas day, what does Esperanza give her mother?
4. When Esperanza asks Josefina where the officials will take the workers, she answers that their final destination will be_______.
5. Why do the doctors suggest that Esperanza discontinue her visits to Mama for a while?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of Esperanza's visit to the hospital on Christmas Day?
2. As Miguel and Esperanza drive to the market, what does Esperanza notice, apparently for the first time about herself?
3. What is significant about Esperanza giving beans to the man at Marta's camp?
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. Comment on the image of communal life at this work camp once the work day is over that Ryan portrays in Chapter 7.
6. How does Miguel's attitude toward his job being taken away differ from Esperanza's position about this injustice?
7. In Chapter 11, the strikers want to impede the progress of the asparagus harvest. Why is that an effective tactic?
8. In what way is Mama's illness a commentary on the working conditions of the migrant workers?
9. In Chapter 9, when Mama is in the hospital, describe the quality of Esperanza's care giving.
10. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the work ethic as evidenced in Esperanza Rising. What might the author be saying about the value of work?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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