How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain the significance of the cake. What does each candle represent? Is there another meaning to the cake?

The significance of the cake is that it is shaped like the island of the Dominican Republic. Each candle represents a city where the relatives all live. The deeper meaning of the cake is that it signifies tradition and family.

2. What is the response by the aunts to Yolanda's wish to take a drive in the country? Why do they all react this way? What do they warn Yolanda about?

The response by the aunts to Yolanda's wish to take a drive in the country is that they are shocked. They think it is dangerous for a woman to drive alone in the country, but it also seems brazen for Yolanda to even want to do something so silly. They warn Yolanda of recent happenings on the island and encourage her not to go too far off the beaten path.

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