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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 Leona do that hurries things along with the city?
2. Why has Kim never seen her father?
3. How did Wendell’s son die?
4. What does Sam notice about the gardeners, in terms of location?
5. What does Ana buy at the end of the chapter titled “Ana”?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Tio Juan becomes “childish” in the book?
2. Why do you think Wendell becomes attached to the bean plants, as Ana did?
3. Why do you think Kim wants to remain hidden when she plants?
4. How does the chapter “Wendell” begin to show that words are not necessary to bring cultures together?
5. What is the “Garcia Equation”?
6. What does Wendell mean when he discusses the phrase “And a little child shall lead them”?
7. What are Leona’s experiences with calling the city?
8. Why does Leona want to plant goldenrod?
9. What does Gonzalo learn about his equation by the end of the chapter “Gonzalo”?
10. How does Leona finally convince the city officials to meet with her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Briefly go through each of the characters in the novel, and explain how the garden helped to improve their lives, circumstances, or outlook on life. Be sure to include details of each story to show an understanding of how the garden affected the characters.
Essay Topic 2
Several times in the novel, the characters mention that the community garden gives them hope. Wendell, in particular, notes that he can’t change his life, but he can use the garden to change his circumstances. Sae Young, too, uses the garden to enhance her existence, as does Nora, and other characters. Choose three characters, and explain how the garden has given them hope, or changed their lives.
Essay Topic 3
In the novel, Sam makes a conscious effort to make the neighborhood friendlier. Choose three times in the novel where another character mentions Sam, and explain how his efforts have helped the community. Why do you think Sam tries to improve his neighborhood? Are his efforts successful?
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