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 do Rocio and Mercy do instead of taking an imposed nap?

2. Which part of Rocio's street is the actual location of the town in which Rocio lives?

3. Aside from Esquibel family members, which of the following normally become recipients of a couple of gifts from under the Esquibel Christmas tree?

4. How much money is Rocio prepared to spend on a gift for her mother?

5. What type of disposition does the eldest son of Rocio's next door neighbors seem to have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How is Nieves' past reflected via the wedding photograph in her closet, and the details surrounding her first husband?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Based on the narrative of the Willow Game section of the book, how does the baby willow tree that Nieves plants symbolically parallel Rocio's life transition from childhood into adolescence?

9. Based on the the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, how do Rocio and her mother, Nieves share or differ in the manner that they go about acquiring gifts for their loved ones?

10. Based on the story in the Evening in Paris section of the book, what best illustrates a lack of harmony between Rocio and her mother in terms of value and taste?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though she never makes an actual appearance in the book, it is evident that Nieves' first daughter, Ronelia has a spot in the lives of Nieves and Rocio. Detail that role, and state whether Rocio or Nieves is affected more by her existence -- and explain why.

Essay Topic 2

Using text-supported statements, explain whether Rocio's repeated departures from the "blue" room that culminate with her attainment of imaginary freedom, foreshadow her eventual departure from her lackluster family life and attainment of actual freedom.

Essay Topic 3

Early in the book, Rocio Esquibel is depicted as a young girl with low self-esteem who is rather unsure of herself. How does that depiction contrast from the Rocio who is depicted as the book progresses, and the Rocio whom we see at the end of the book in terms of self-esteem and self-confidence? Cite text from the book to support your statements.

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