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. What is the main course at the Esquibel's family Christmas dinner?

2. Where does Rocio end up being "transported" into directly from the "gray room"?

3. Which of the words below can best describe the Christmas gifts that Rocio and her sister, Mercy receive from their mother?

4. Which of the following item types are not mentioned as being among the things in the television closet?

5. What does the willow tree down the street provide for Rocio, her family, and neighbors?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Based on the narrative of The Closet section of the book, what can be construed as being indicative that Rocio is growing up?

3. Based on the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book, what are some of the transition-type changes involving some young people in her neighborhood that Rocio observes as she is growing up?

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

5. How is Nieves' attitude toward her career as a school teacher depicted via the items in her closet?

6. Based on the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book, can you describe the individuals who live in the "down" section of Rocio's street?

7. What factors noted in the Willow Game section of the book contribute toward normalcy in Rocio's life?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Five imagery examples are included in The Closet section of the book via descriptions of the contents in five closets. An additional imagery example is included in the Evening in Paris section of the book via the description of the Esquibel Christmas meal. Detail your selection of the best imagery example from the six (6) examples provided, and explain the basis for your selection.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In college and rooming with her boyfriend, Loudon, Rocio entertains thoughts of escaping to the arms of one of Loudon's friends, and getting a place of her own. Explain how certain events in Rocio's life prior to college, as described in the book, are likely to have foreshadowed her desire to change her collegiate love interest and living arrangements.

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