When I Was Puerto Rican 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. Why won't Abuela make breakfast before Mass?

2. How does Esmeralda define politics in "The American Invasion of Macun"?

3. Which Puerto Rican food does the American food expert fail to recognize?

4. When Esmeralda meets Rita, what does Rita's smile remind her of?

5. Where does Abuelo sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Esmeralda react when she learns how sausages are made?

2. How does Esmeralda react to her father's tears in "Fighting Naked"?

3. Describe the song at the opening of "The American Invasion of Macun".

4. How does Esmeralda injure her hand at Abuela's house?

5. How are the "experts" who speak on nutrition and hygiene received by the Puerto Rican women?

6. Explain how Esmeralda feels about the treatment of jibaros.

7. What is the purpose of the meeting the women and children attend in "The American Invasion of Macun"?

8. Why does Papi cry in "Fighting Naked"?

9. Why does Esmeralda have to take the children to Dona Ana's house at the beginning of "Mami Gets a Job"?

10. Describe Rita's attire in "Someone is Coming to Take Your Lap".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the role that the arts play in Esmeralda's life. How does her education at the Performing Arts high school influence her life? Before auditioning for the Performing Arts school, what is Esmeralda's perception of the arts? How does that understanding change as she attends the school?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the way Santiago portrays the Puerto Rican culture in the United States. How, according to the book, do Puerto Ricans adapt to living in New York? How do their lives change? What remains the same? How does Santiago seem to feel about these changes? How does Santiago act as a detached observer of the Puerto Rican community in Brooklyn?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Santiago's treatment of class throughout the book. What role does class play in Puerto Rican culture? In U.S. culture? How does the perception of class differ from place to place? How is Esmeralda's life affected by notions of class?

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