The Last of the Menu Girls Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which of the following states is home to Rocio?

2. Aside from food, which of the following is stored in the Esquibels' kitchen?

3. What does the man of the house next to Rocio's work on during every spare moment that he has?

4. Where happens to the gift that Rocio gives her mother for Christmas?

5. Which of the following is the nationality of Rocio's family?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, what does Rocio seem to have in abundance and her mother, Nieves seem to lack in relation to the celebration of Christmas?

2. According to the text in the Evening in Paris, how do Rocio and her mother differ in terms of the level of forethought applied toward the purchase of Christmas gifts for one another?

3. Based on the narrative of The Closet section of the book, why could the living room closet be aptly labeled as a potpourri type of closet?

4. Based on the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, how does the family's holiday meal appear to be in relation to those traditionally served among those celebrating Christmas?

5. According to the text in The Closet section of the book, what aspects or traits of Nieves' personality can be deciphered from the items in her closet?

6. Based on the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, does religion play a role in the celebration of Christmas in Rocio's household?

7. 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?

8. Can you describe the Atherton's son based on the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book?

9. According to the narrative in The Closet section of the book, in what sense can the television room closet be labeled as being historical?

10. Based on the narrative in The Closet section of the book, is there a correlation between the "gray room", the "blue room", the universe, and their positions in relation to a yearning for a free-like existence that Rocio may have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Detail your thoughts on whether the promotions that Rocio receives while working at the hospital may have served as an impetus toward paralleling her transition from a Hispanic girl living on the "down" side of her street, to a more assimilated type of life as a Hispanic female writer, and thus befitting to the book title, "The Last of the Menu Girls".

Essay Topic 2

Although the Athertons who live next door to Rocio are mentioned as permanent fixtures in prominent fashion at the beginning of the he story, unlike other lesser-mentioned neighbors' , (e.g., the two boys who move away and get wealthy, and Rocio's cousin who moves away), the reader is never apprised of their ultimate fate. What are your thoughts on what may have happened to Mr. and Mrs. Atherton and their son, Ricky by the time that Rocio and Mercy grew up and left home at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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