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 is the surprise Alfonso and Miguel show the women after dinner in Chapter 7?

2. On Christmas day, what does Esperanza see that she wishes she could give to her mother?

3. What does Isabel see at the party that she would like very much to have?

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

5. What dissatisfaction does Esperanza have with Miguel when he tell her of his news in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Miguel's attitude toward his job being taken away differ from Esperanza's position about this injustice?

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

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

4. Chapter 10 is entitled Los Aguacates, the avocados. Why is this a meaningful title for this particular chapter?

5. 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?

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

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

8. When Esperanza helps Marta after the immigration sweep, what is it about Marta that wins over Esperanza?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many strong female characters in Esperanza Rising. Explore and discuss the view of women that arises from Ryan's characterizations of these women.

Essay Topic 2

Ramona, Esperanza's mother, undergoes a dramatic change in status. Discuss and evaluate Ramona as a role model for Esperanza.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of perseverance in Esperanza Rising.

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