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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 do to keep warm while she works in Chapter 9?
2. In a conversation between Esperanza and Isabel, where does Isabel tell Esperanza that Marta was born?
3. In Chapter 8, who tells Esperanza that the strike that was planned for the next day will not take place?
4. When Esperanza teases Isabel that she seems to hate all the crops, what is one crop Isabel says she loves?
5. Where does Esperanza go to check on things on the morning after the strike?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the short, intimate exchange Mama and Esperanza have after the jamaica effect Esperanza's mood?
2. When the doctor comes to examine Mama and diagnose her illness, how does Esperanza react?
3. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?
4. In Chapter 9, before Mama is in the hospital, how does the reader see that her illness affects all?
5. 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?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Much of what the reader learns about life in the migrant work camps entails children's lives. Comment on the quality of life available to children in these circumstances and how responsible Ryan's portrayal of children in the camps is.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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