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Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan
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1.Describe Esperanza's Abuelita (grandmother).
 
2.Describe Esperanza's mother.
 
3.Why doesn't Esperanza like her uncles?
 
4.What do you think it would be like to leave your country? What would be the valued possessions you'd bring with you? What would be the hardest thing to leave behind?
 
5.Esperanza's friend, Miguel, believes that in the United States, "even the poorest man can become rich if he works hard enough." (p. 75) Do you think that's true? Why or why not?
 
6.Esperanza's mother says, "I choose to be happy." (p. 104) Is happiness something a person can choose?
 
7.How does Esperanza change throughout the course of the story? What are some things she learns? What are some examples of how she acts differently?
 
8.Was Esperanza right to help Marta?
 
9.Did you like the ending? What do you think will happen to Esperanza in the future? Will her dreams come true? Will she be happy?
 
10.What is the meaning of the title? What about the meaning of the quote at the beginning of the book: "The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich." Are poor people more generous than rich people?
 
11.Mexicans are discriminated against in this story. Why do you think people are often prejudiced against those who are different? Why do so many people still want to come to the United States despite discrimination?
 
12.Esperanza has the special doll her father gave to her. Do you have a special possession like that? Why is it special?
 
13.What are some of the wise things Esperanza learns from her grandmother? Have you learned wisdom from some of the older people in your life?
 
14.This story is based on memories of the author's grandmother. Do you have an adult in your life who has told you about an interesting past?
 
Author Website:
http://www.pammunozryan.com
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