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. The title of Chapter 8 is Las Ciruelas, the plums. What is the significance of the plums in this chapter?

2. On Christmas day, what is Mama's condition?

3. Who encourages Esperanza to do her first job well so she will get hired again?

4. On Esperanza's day first day of work alone, what does she ruin?

5. With regard to strikers, what have Miguel's experiences been?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?

7. In what way could one see that there is even a subtle class system inherent among migrant workers?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

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 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

In Chapter 2 of Esperanza Rising, Esperanza is at a low point and her grandmother reminds her of a story she has told Esperanza many times, the myth of the phoenix rising out of its own ashes. What is inspirational about this myth and why is it appropriate that Abuelita, rather than any other character, be the one to refer to this myth at this time?

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