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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. How many members comprise Rocio's family?
2. What Christmas year is being reminisced about at the beginning of the Evening in Paris section of the book?
3. What is the subject matter of the home movies in Nieves' closet?
4. Which aspect of Christmas is not mentioned in relation to the Esquibels' yuletide observance?
5. Which of the following ages is mentioned as that of Nieves' first child at the time of the death of Nieves' first husband?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book, aside from the trees in the neighborhood, is there anything or anyone that remains a constant in Rocio's life?
2. Based on the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, what events described therein contribute toward Rocio's resolve to not grow up to be like her mother, Nieves?
3. Based on the narrative in The Last of the Menu Girls section of the book, does anything positive result from Rocio accepting the menu girl job at the hospital?
4. According to the narrative in the Shooting Stars section of the book, aside from beauty and proximity in age, is there yet another contributing factor that inspires Rocio to want to be like Josie's best friend, Barbara?
5. According to the narrative in The Last of the Menu Girls section of the book, what is the real reason that Rocio has accepted a summer job as a food worker at the hospital?
6. Based on the narrative in the Compadre section of the book, how does Nieves get involved in Regino's personal life situation?
7. According to the narrative in the Space is a Solid section of the book, how can Nita Wembley be characterized?
8. Based on the narrative in the Compadre section of the book, how has life changed for for Rocio, Nieves, and her sister as the story ends?
9. Based on the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book, can you describe the individuals who live in the "up" section of Rocio's street?
10. According to the text in the Compadre section of the book, what is the basis for Rocio, now a college graduate, constantly arguing with her mother?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Detail the common thread that binds Rocio's interest in spending time with Eloisa, Diana, Josie, and Barbara at the time that Rocio meets each of them; and the common thread that unravels her interest to continue to spend time with any of them. Cite text from the book to support your statements.
Essay Topic 2
There are a few instances throughout the book in which the story changes from a mild to heated tone. Detail a couple of those instances; and state whether the change of tone changed your initial impression about any of the characters.
Essay Topic 3
Detail how some of the characters in the story are likely to be affected in a positive manner by the non-romantic relationship between Nieves and Regino. Cite text from the book to support your statements.
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