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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 Ana realize she has done after digging something up?
2. How did Gonzalo learn English?
3. Where is Kim from?
4. What does Ana find when she digs something up?
5. What did Leona’s grandma lay on the graves of her physicians?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the cultural problem Sam finds about the lot?
2. How does Leona finally convince the city officials to meet with her?
3. Why does Ana describe her neighborhood in terms of the cultures within it?
4. How does the chapter “Wendell” begin to show that words are not necessary to bring cultures together?
5. Why do you think Kim wants to remain hidden when she plants?
6. Why does Kim’s family keep a photo of their father at an alter?
7. What is the “Garcia Equation”?
8. Why does Kim plant beans in the vacant lot?
9. Why does Leona want to plant goldenrod?
10. How does gardening help Tio Juan in the chapter “Gonzalo”?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What does the title mean? How is it used in the book? How are the pioneers of the garden “Seedfolks”? What did their efforts mean to the community? How did they enhance their environment?
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
Suspicion of others is a major theme in the novel, as there are many who are suspicious of their neighbors in this particular area. How does the garden help these individuals to lower their guard with one another? What is the garden able to do that merely living together does not do?
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