When I Was Puerto Rican Test | Final 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 does Tata drink beer?

2. Mami threatens the children that if they repeat the obscenities they hear, which of the following will happen?

3. Why wouldn't a mugger find money in Mami's purse?

4. Where does Esmeralda go with Mami to act as a translator?

5. What didn't Esmeralda mean to steal from the baby's piggy bank?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Mami's appearance changed after her return from New York?

2. Discuss the difference in Gladys' and Esmeralda's reactions to the task of peeling potatoes.

3. What is Esmeralda's first impression of New York as the plane touches down?

4. How has Mami's new appearance changed the way she interacts with people in Puerto Rico?

5. How does Esmeralda describe the stewardesses at the beginning of "Angels on the Ceiling"?

6. Describe the house the family moves into at the beginning of "Letters from NY".

7. How does Francisco's family react to the news that he has cancer?

8. Discuss the interactions between Esmeralda's family and the taxi driver in "Angels on the Ceiling".

9. Discuss the letter that Esmeralda writes to her father and the family's reaction to it.

10. How does Esmeralda cope with the embarrassment of being singled out for her sub-standard math skills in front of the class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Santiago address issues of Puerto Rican identity in this memoir about her childhood and immigration experience? To Santiago, what does it mean to be Puerto Rican? What does it mean to be a Puerto Rican girl living in the United States? How are these two identities different? How are they similar? Support your response with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Santiago's depiction of Puerto Rican culture in the book. Does she present a single Puerto Rican culture, or perhaps many? How does Santiago treat this/these culture(s)? Does Santiago present a critique or celebration of traditional Puerto Rican culture?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Santiago's treatment of childhood and the child's perspective throughout this work. How does she portray her own childhood? How does the child narrator provide a commentary unavailable to an adult narrator? How does Santiago's treatment of childhood compare with mainstream American notions of childhood? What has growing up in jibara culture contributed to her notions of childhood?

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