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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Carla's father tell her about Gladys?
2. What was the country's slogan in the Dominican Republic?
3. Why did Yolanda like her 4th grade teacher so much?
4. Why did the bank get rusty?
5. Why did Carla's mother not drive her to school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare life in the Dominican Republic and life in America for the girls. What changed when they moved to America? What was better? What was worse? How did their relationships with their cousins change? How did their parents change? Discuss daily life and school life as well as their change in social class.
Essay Topic 2
It seems that every member of the family must overcome a mental problem. Are all the problems the same or do they manifest differently? Why? Do you think their mental issues are caused by the trauma in their family and their move to the U.S.? Why? Do you feel, at the end of the story, that the problems still exist? Why?
Essay Topic 3
How do you think this story would be different had the family never moved to the U.S.? What would have happened to the father? Do you think the grandfather had the political muscle to help the father and allow him to stay on the island? Why? Why not?
This section contains 326 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)