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. In a conversation between Esperanza and Isabel, where does Isabel tell Esperanza that Marta was born?

2. How does Esperanza get back and forth to the camp from the hospital?

3. What do the families have for dessert on their first dinner together?

4. Where does Esperanza go to check on things on the morning after the strike?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Esperanza's babysitting skills progress as Chapter 8 develops?

3. How does the short, intimate exchange Mama and Esperanza have after the jamaica effect Esperanza's mood?

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

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. In Chapter 9, when Mama is in the hospital, describe the quality of Esperanza's care giving.

7. 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?

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

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

10. How does the sequence of events from Miguel and Esperanza's argument, to her money missing work to cast suspicion on Miguel as the thief?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The title of this novel is Esperanza Rising. There is a scenario in Chapter 5 wherein Esperanza feels she is floating above the earth. However, there are several meanings of the word "rising." Reflect on this scene and the meanings of this book. Finally, with attention to more than one meaning of the word, explain why Esperanza Rising is an appropriate title for this novel.

Essay Topic 3

Through the trials and experiences of the Ortega family, the reader is given a portrayal of the life of Mexican workers in the United States. What is the impression that Ryan gives of this life and what are the central events or images that contribute to this portrayal?

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