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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 buy at the market that is not for her mother?
2. In Chapter 8, it is harvest time. What crop is the family harvesting?
3. On the morning after the strike, what does Esperanza see hanging from a tree?
4. When Esperanza and her mother are together in Chapter 7, what does Mama confess she misses?
5. On the evening of the first dinner at Esperanza's cabin, what do the adults complain of?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Esperanza details the things she misses about her mother, why is she so surprised at herself?
2. When the doctor comes to examine Mama and diagnose her illness, how does Esperanza react?
3. What is the symbolic significance of the the shrine Alfonso and Miguel erect?
4. Comment on the image of communal life at this work camp once the work day is over that Ryan portrays in Chapter 7.
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. When Esperanza helps Marta after the immigration sweep, what is it about Marta that wins over Esperanza?
7. In Chapter 9, before Mama is in the hospital, how does the reader see that her illness affects all?
8. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?
9. In what way is Mama's illness a commentary on the working conditions of the migrant workers?
10. In what way could one see that there is even a subtle class system inherent among migrant workers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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