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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. Why does Kim choose a place behind a refrigerator?
2. What does Wendell do the following Monday?
3. Why has Kim never seen her father?
4. Why does Leona know about complaining to officials?
5. What does Sam note about the trash in the lot?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Leona want to plant goldenrod?
2. What is the cultural problem Sam finds about the lot?
3. How does Sam try to make people in the neighborhood friendlier?
4. Why does Kim’s family keep a photo of their father at an alter?
5. Describe the bottle incident, and Sam’s fears.
6. Kim mentions crying for a different reason than her sisters. What does she mean by this?
7. Why does Kim wonder about whether her father sees her?
8. What is the problem with water in the lot, and how does Sam deal with it?
9. Why do you think Tio Juan becomes “childish” in the book?
10. At the end of this chapter “Sam,” why does Sam claim the garden is a reflection of Cleveland?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Gonzalo learns a valuable lesson in the novel as he witnesses his father being less than perfect. This moment has a profound impact on him in the book, as his emotions follow the realization. Explain how Gonzalo’s processing of his father’s imperfections leads him to an understanding about his father. What did Gonzalo learn?
Essay Topic 2
Royce does not have a chapter in the novel, and yet he is mentioned by several characters. Who mentions him, and why? What does Royce’s character bring to the novel that enhances the author’s message? What is Royce’s background, and how do people see him originally? How does this change over the course of the novel, and why?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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