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100

List at least 5 characters from "Esperanza Rising".

Esperanza, Mama, Abuelita, Papa, Hortensia, Alfonso, Miguel, Senor Rodriguez, Marisol, Marta, Pepe, Lupe, Isabel, Juan, Josephina, Tio Luis , Tio Marco

100

What was the first tragedy of the novel?

Papa was killed by the bandits right before Esperanza's 13th birthday. 
100

What point of view is Esperanza Rising told from?

Third person - knowing only Esperanza thoughts/feelings

100

What reason does Esperanza give Miguel about why they cannot get married? 

This leads to Miguel referring to Esperanza as "queen". 

Esperanza says that they are on opposite sides of the river. 

200

Who was Esperanza's childhood friend? (This person's parents were also friends with Papa.)

Miguel

200

Why did Tio Luis propose that Mama marry him?

When Papa died, he left the house and profits to Mama. Women could not own land, so that was left to Tio Luis and Tio Marco. Tio Luis proposed so that he could live on the land and be in charge of everything. He said it would make Mama's life easier.
200
Give at least 2 settings that are in Esperanza Rising?

Esperanza's home

The train

Living in the camp - cabin, fields, shed

200

What does Esperanza mean when she tells Miguel they live on opposite sides of the river?

Esperanza and Miguel live different lives. Esperanza lives in a rich and fortunate  house, while Miguel and his family are servants to them. 
300

Who warns Esperanza and Miguel about the strikers plan?

Marta

300

What lead Mama to decide that they would move to America?

Is is suspected that Tio Luis caused the fire that burned down Esperanza's and Mama's home because Mama turned down his proposal. Mama told Tio Luis that she would consider his second proposal. When Esperanza told Tio Luis that she hated him, Tio Luis started doing research on boarding schools to send Esperanza to. 

300

Whose perspective is Esperanza Rising told from?

Esperanza

300

How much time has passed throughout the story?

1 year

400

How does Esperanza feel about the strikers who are being deported?

She feels upset and that no one should have to go through that. She thinks about herself and how she would feel. She thinks about how some of them have never even been to Mexico. 

400

What is the climax (turning point) of the story?

When Miguel brings Abuelita to America.

400

What a possible theme of this novel?

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400

Why did the author name each chapter after a fruit or vegetable?

to represent the time that has passed.

500

Name a character and describe how he/she is important to the plot of the story.

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500

Mama becomes very ill from the dust storm. What does the doctor diagnose Mama with? 

Name at least 1 thing that Esperanza does to try to help Mama.

She has valley fever - later diagnosed with pneumonia. 

Esperanza helps Mama rest, feed her, brush her hair, work to help pay the bills, gives Mama Abuelitas unfinished blanket

500

How might the story be different if it were written from Miguel's perspective?

We would know more about his life as a servant in Aguacalientas, how he feels about moving to America, his journey finding work on the railroad, the specifics of how he got to Abuelita and bringing her to America. 

500

Give at least one example of how hope is important to the story.

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