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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much does Esperanza pay Elenita?
(a) Five dollars.
(b) She does not pay Elenita anything.
(c) 8 dollars.
(d) 7 dollars.

2. What can’t Esperanza’s mother do despite living in the city all her life?
(a) Take the bus home from the grocery store.
(b) Find her way to the art museum.
(c) Read a map.
(d) She doesn’t know how to take the subway train downtown.

3. What does Sally’s husband do for a living?
(a) He is a janitor.
(b) He is a lawyer.
(c) He sells books.
(d) He sells marshmallows.

4. Why is Minerva black and blue?
(a) Her husband beats her.
(b) Her children beat her.
(c) She is sick with cancer.
(d) She is very clumsy.

5. What does Sally do before she goes home?
(a) She straightens her skirt and rubs her makeup off of her eyes.
(b) Brushes her teeth.
(c) Covers her hair with her headscarf.
(d) Meditates.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Esperanza accuse Sally of lying about?

2. What happens to Esperanza while she is waiting for Sally?

3. What does Rafaela’s husband do on Tuesday nights?

4. Where does Sally get married?

5. Which adult likes to play with children?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Esperanza feel a special kinship with the trees outside her window?

2. Esperanza wants a nice house and wants to live on a hill, but she believes that she’ll be different than the others who do so. How does she believe that she will be different?

3. Why does her Aunt Lupe tell her that writing will keep her free?

4. How does Sally defy her parents?

5. Esperanza has her fortune told, and Elenita tells her that she sees a “home in the heart”. What could this mean for Esperanza’s future?

6. Why did Marin stay with him in the emergency room?

7. What is Sally’s relationship like with her parents?

8. One of the aunts tells Esperanza that she will always be Mango Street. What did she mean by this?

9. How does Esperanza’s perspective affect the information readers are given in this chapter?

10. How are Esperanza and Minerva similar?

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