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 discover when she opens her valise?

2. What spring crop does Esperanza notice seems to be replaced with new tall plants almost instantly after being picked?

3. Why do the doctors suggest that Esperanza discontinue her visits to Mama for a while?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Comment on the image of communal life at this work camp once the work day is over that Ryan portrays in Chapter 7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way is Esperanza Rising a work of socially responsible historical fiction?

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

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.

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