Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Compare and contrast the characters of Delaney and Candidó. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?
2. Describe the experience of Felicia in the novel from the point at which she is involved in the Mexican Civil War to the point she takes Caridad under her wing. What is it like for her to be living in the United States? How would her experiences have been different had she been an American citizen?
3. Magical realism is an important aspect of Castillo's work. How is this technique used to tell the...
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