Esperanza Rising Book Quiz
1) Since this book’s genre is historical fiction, . . .
It is full of chase scenes, danger, and thrilling escapes
It shows characters in every-day, modern situations
It profiles the true story of a real-life person
It tells an invented story set in the past with some true details
It includes mythical characters with magical powers
2) Esperanza moves from Mexico to the U.S. for all these reasons, EXCEPT . . .
Her father dies and leaves the land her house is on to her uncles
Her uncles burn down her house
One uncle wants to marry her mother and send Esperanza to boarding school
Her family needs money, so they are going to the U.S. to find jobs
She is chased out of town by bandits who are angry at wealthy land owners
3) This book begins with a Mexican proverb that says “The rich person becomes richer when he becomes poor than the poor person when he becomes rich.” What does that mean?
Rich and poor people will never be able to understand each other
Without money, people can appreciate life’s true riches
Hard work always leads to success
Rich people have an obligation to help poor people
Poverty is not permanent
4) Esperanza loses many things when she leaves Mexico, but what is the most important thing she gains in the U.S.?
A kind husband
Revenge against her uncles
Revenge against Marta
A college degree
5) In the U.S., Esperanza learns about racial prejudice, yet in Mexico, she expresses prejudice toward people . . .
Who are old
Who are poor
Who were not born in Aguascalientes
Who cannot speak English
6) Miguel takes Esperanza’s money orders after their argument so he can . . .
Find a job with the railroad
Help Marta and the strikers improve the working conditions
Bring Abuelita to the U.S. from Mexico
Buy papayas for Esperanza’s birthday
7) Abuelita’s crochet pattern with the mountains and valleys is a symbol for . . .
Traveling through the hard times and good times in life
Knowing where you belong in the world
Believing in the power of education
The changing nature of the crop seasons
8) What happens to the last doll that Esperanza’s father gives her?
It is destroyed in the fire
It is stolen by bandits
Esperanza reluctantly gives it to the little girl on the train
Esperanza gives it to Isabel
Esperanza gives it to her daughter
9) All of the following are important themes in this book EXCEPT . . .
Workers in poverty
10) The best word to describe “keeping your cool” below is . . .
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