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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 the third grade teacher go yell at someone in “Maricela”?
2. What does Curtis grow for Lateesha?
3. What does Sae Young grow?
4. What did Lateesha do when she learned of Curtis’ other women?
5. To what does Amir compare the day of the feast?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Virgil find in the ground, and what does he eventually use it for?
2. What is Curtis trying to show through the growth of the tomatoes?
3. Explain why Virgil becomes angry and ashamed at his father.
4. Describe Curtis, as he is now, in terms of his priorities.
5. Describe what happened to make Sae Young afraid of the world.
6. What is the point of the program for teen mothers?
7. Why does Virgil eventually feel pity for his father?
8. Why does Nora want to tell the tourists of the garden?
9. Describe Sam’s contest, and the winning idea.
10. Why does Virgil’s father lie to Mrs. Fleck, and what does he say?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In several chapters in the novel, characters go from being unable to function in society, to being a vital part of a thriving garden. How did this happen for Sae Young, Nora’s client, and Tio Juan? Why did the garden help them? How did it allow them a chance to become something they otherwise could not have been?
Essay Topic 2
Going back through the characters, list the cultural heritage each comes from. How diverse is this neighborhood? Would the garden have been as amazing had the neighborhood been predominately white or Hispanic? Why or why not? How did the activities in the garden go from what Sam noted, a mirror of a segregated society, to what Amir noted, as a harvest feast among a cultural melting pot?
Essay Topic 3
Maricela’s story is a very powerful one in the novel. Describe Maricela’s life at the beginning of the novel. Why does she feel so persecuted? What does she hope for? Who changes this, and why? How does the garden help her to begin to accept her state, and her future?
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