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 think will make the individual in the hospital feel better?

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

3. In Chapter 8, who tells Esperanza that the strike that was planned for the next day will not take place?

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

5. When Esperanza brings the requested object to the hospital, what does it smell of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. At dinner when the family discusses the strike and its progress, how does Miguel's outlook differ from his father's outlook about the support for the strike?

7. What is the symbolic significance of the the shrine Alfonso and Miguel erect?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Esperanza Rising there are numerous references to religion, praying, and engaging "spirits" of dead people in conversations or decisions. Discuss the role spirituality plays in the lives of the characters of Esperanza Rising.

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

In the first chapter of Esperanza Rising, Papa instills a love of the land in Esperanza. There are several ways in which the characters can be categorized. One way is that are those who "love the land" and those who do not. Examine the love and respect for the land through the characters that are aligned with Papa with respect to the land, and how this love "gives back" to them.

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