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

2. Which of the following is mentioned as having been the cause of the death of Nieves' first husband?

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

4. Who has gifted one of the Esquibels with most of the gifts under the Esquibel family Christmas tree?

5. What type of tree does Rocio's mother plant?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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. According to the narrative in the Willow Game section of the book, why is Rocio likely to consider the willow tree to be her favorite?

9. 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?

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

Rocio's relationship with her mother, Nieves is depicted as distant throughout the book. What are some of the factors that contribute to that type of relationship existing between mother and daughter? Support your statements with text from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Is the relationship that is maintained between Nieves and Mercy throughout the book, one that lacks warmth? Or is the relationship one that is filled with warmth? Regardless of what your position may be, is it Nieves or Mercy who is largely responsible for the apparent existence of warmth or the lack of it that exists in their relationship? Support your statements with text from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Does Rocio maintain a close or distant relationship with her sister, Mercy throughout the book? Please elaborate on your position by citing text from the book.

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