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 is the nationality of Rocio's family?

2. How many sets of guest towels are stored in the Esquibels' bathroom closet?

3. How does the man of the house next door to that of Rocio and her family appear to be to Rocio and her sister?

4. Who does Rocio tell about the imaginary rooms that she "visits" in her dreams?

5. How do the next door neighbors come across to Rocio and her sister?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on the narrative of the Willow Game section of the book, how do Rocio and her family show their reverence toward the willow tree?

2. 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?

3. According to the narrative in The Closet section of the book, what childlike tendencies do Rocio and her sister, Mercy share?

4. What factors noted in the Willow Game section of the book contribute toward the existence of harmony on the "down" side of the street where Rocio lives?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a climactic moment in the story when Rocio sheds the idea of having to imitate others in order to achieve some self-worth. Detail that moment, along with the events that led her to it with supporting text from the book.

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

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?

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