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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

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1. Who makes Esperanza feel ashamed of her previous house by making her point it out while she is playing in the street?

2. Who pushes Esperanza into the water in front of a fire hydrant?

3. Who does Esperanza decide to let live in the attic of her dream house?

4. When Esperanza talks about clouds and hips with her friends, how does she describe them?

5. What do Esperanza and her friends do to imitate grown-ups?

6. Which one of these women does NOT spend her days sitting by the window?

7. Who is the first person to whom Esperanza recites one of her poems?

8. What is Esperanza’s first job?

9. Where is Esperanza’s father from?

10. What does Esperanza’s name mean in Spanish?

11. Why did Esperanza’s mother drop out of school?

12. What do the three sisters tell Esperanza at the wake?

13. Which of Esperanza’s friends also writes poetry?

14. Where is Esperanza when a group of boys sexually assaults her?

15. Which character does not speak English?

16. Who is the object of Esperanza’s first crush?

17. Why does Cathy agree to be Esperanza’s friend only until Tuesday?

18. In what way is Nenny similar to Esperanza?

19. Which of the following is NOT a reason that hips are useful, according to Esperanza, Rachel, and Lucy?

20. How does Esperanza decide to defy social conventions at home?

21. With what object or objects in the neighborhood does Esperanza identify most closely?

22. What does Nenny want to buy in Gil’s junk shop?

23. What does Esperanza yearn for above all else?

24. Which of Esperanza’s friends attends college?

25. Why doesn’t Esperanza want to dance at her cousin’s baptismal party?

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There is a mistake

by laughoutloud00, August 20, 2012

Esperanza's name means hope in ENGLISH, not Spanish

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The Meaning of Esperanza

by jack23011, June 30, 2013

by FaizanB, May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm:

You needn't apologize for being a student and you are actually more correct than the original poster who merely regurgitates the explanation in the book. Esperanza, in English, both as a verb and a noun means hope and vice versa.

The issue that has everyone all lathered up is that they are not considering the context and juxtaposition Cisneros (the author) is using. She is showing the dichotomy of language--the power that words have.

You see, she chooses to use the English translation... Read more

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the house on mango street

by ninnagen, October 04, 2013

what are the names of the narrators family of the house on mango street anyone know?

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