Ezperanza Rising
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Contributed by Katlyn Weinert
Discussion Questions

What is Tío Luis’s job?

PRESIDENT OF MEXICO

FARMER

PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL BANK

MAYOR OF AGUASCALIENTES

 

Where is Hortensia from?

DURANGO

YUCATÁN

OAXACA

CHIHUAHUA

 

At what age do girls celebrate their Quinceañeras?

16

13

15

14

 

What is Tío Marco’s job?

PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL BANK

FARMER

MAYOR OF AGUASCALIENTES

PRESIDENT OF MEXICO

 

How does Esperanza hurt herself on the eve of her 13th birthday?

SHE FALLS OFF A HORSE

SHE FALLS DOWN THE STAIRS

SHE PRICKS HER FINGER ON A ROSE THORN

SHE TRIPS OVER A TREE ROOT

 

What activity does Esperanza do with her Abuelita while waiting for Papa to return?

CHARADES

CROCHETING

SINGING

KNITTING

 

What does Mama trade to Carmen on the train?

GUAVAS

CHICKENS

GRAPES

CROCHETED TABLE COVERINGS

 

When hiding from bandits in the wagon, what fruit covers Esperanza, Mama, and Hortensia?

FIGS

GUAVAS

MELONS

GRAPES

 

What did young Miguel get as a reward for hiding Esperanza from bandits?

A BOAT RIDE

A TRAIN RIDE

AFERRIS WHEEL

A TRIP TO GO SWIMMING

 

How does Miguel save Esperanza from bandits while they are hiding under the bed as young children?

HE STARTS A FIRE FOR DISTRACTION

HE RUNS TOWARDS THE BANDITS, SCREAMING

HE RELEASES THE FIELD MOUSE

HE PRETENDS TO FAINT

 

What material does Mama use to make a doll for the poor little girl on the train?

FEATHERS

FRUIT

STRAW

YARN

 

What is the name of the sickness Mama contracts during the Dust Bowl?

DUST FEVER

MOUNTAIN FEVER

HAY FEVER

VALLEY FEVER

 

What hospital does Mama go to when she becomes ill from the dust?

KERN GENERAL HOSPITAL

EL RANCHO DE LAS ROSAS GENERAL HOSPITAL

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY GENERAL HOSPITAL

VERN GENERAL HOSPITAL

 

What is Esperanza’s favorite dessert?

PEACH ICE CREAM

COCONUT CANDIES

ALMOND FLAN

MANGO PIE

What does Esperanza feed Pepe and Lupe that makes them sick?

RASPBERRIES

PLUMS

PEACHES

PEARS

 

How does Esperanza cure Pepe and Lupe of their stomachaches?

SHE RUBS THEIR STOMACHS

SHE SINGS THEM SONGS

SHE PUTS THEM TO SLEEP

SHE FEEDS THEM RICE

 

What title does Isabel want to win at school?

QUEEN OF THE JULY

QUEEN OF THE AUGUST

QUEEN OF THE MAY

QUEEN OF THE JUNE

 

What is in the oilcloth package that Miguel and Alfonso carry on the train?

FRESH MEAT

MONEY

FRESH FRUIT

PAPA’S ROSES

 

What do Alfonso and Miguel build for Esperanza and Mama behind their cabin?

A BOOKSHELF

AN OUTHOUSE

A SHRINE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

A BEDROOM FOR ABUELITA

 

What type of job does Miguel want to get?

TRUCK DRIVER

SCHOOL TEACHER

MECHANIC

FRUIT PICKER

 

What does Esperanza give to Isabel after Isabel loses the competition at school?

HER VALISE

MONEY

HER APRON

HER DOLL



Who takes Esperanza’s money orders from her hiding place?

ISABEL

MIGUEL

TÍO LUIS

MARTA

 

Who helps Esperanza during the dust storm?

JOSEFINA AND JUAN

MAMA AND HORTENSIA

MARTA AND ISABEL

IRENE AND MELINA

 

Which of the following is Esperanza’s responsibility at the camp?

WATERING THE PLANTS

CLEANING THE BATHROOMS

FETCHING WATER

SWEEPING THE DECK

 

Who used to bathe Esperanza when she was younger?

JOSEFINA

MARISOL

HOSTENSIA

MAMA

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