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 large item mentioned as being stored in the living room closet at the Esquibel home?

2. Which part of the street is Rocio's home located on?

3. Which of the following may have committed a mistake leading to the death of Nieves' first husband?

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

5. Which of the following gifts does Nieves remember giving to Mercy one Christmas?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Based on the text in The Closet section of the book, what does Rocio telling her sister, Mercy about her "special rooms" and advising her to find her own reveal about Rocio's bond with Mercy?

3. Based on the narrative in The Closet section of the book, what does Rocio's closet reveal about her?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

8. According to the text in the Evening in Paris section of the book, how does frugality play a major role in the celebration of Christmas in Rocio's household?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In your estimation, is it Nieves' personality or events in her past that contribute toward her tendency to tone down the celebration of Christmas at the Esquibel home? Please include textual support for the position that you select.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the book's central theme? Is its intended theme message conveyed effectively? Detail either your affirmative or negative response with supporting text from the book.

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