The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street
Summary and Analysis
Important Quotations Explained
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Full Book Quiz
Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
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Full Book Quiz
. Who makes Esperanza feel ashamed of her previous house by making her point it out while she is playing in the street?
A marshmallow salesman
. Who pushes Esperanza into the water in front of a fire hydrant?
Kiki and Carlos
. Who does Esperanza decide to let live in the attic of her dream house?
Her little sister, Nenny
Her friend Minerva
. When Esperanza talks about clouds and hips with her friends, how does she describe them?
With respect to her everyday life
With the names of people on her block
. What do Esperanza and her friends do to imitate grown-ups?
Put on makeup
Wear high-heeled shoes
Dye their hair
. Which one of these women does NOT spend her days sitting by the window?
. Who is the first person to whom Esperanza recites one of her poems?
Her Aunt Lupe
Lucy, Rachel, and Nenny
. What is Esperanza’s first job?
Working in a store
Helping Marin sell cosmetics
Shelving books at the local library
Sorting negatives at a photofinisher
. Where is Esperanza’s father from?
The Dominican Republic
. What does Esperanza’s name mean in Spanish?
. Why did Esperanza’s mother drop out of school?
She got married
She had a job
She had to move to America
She was ashamed of her clothes
. What do the three sisters tell Esperanza at the wake?
That she should leave Mango Street as soon as she can
That she must come back for the others after she’s left Mango Street
That she will never leave Mango Street
That she has a home in the heart
. Which of Esperanza’s friends also writes poetry?
. Where is Esperanza when a group of boys sexually assaults her?
In the Monkey Garden
At a carnival
On Mango Street
. Which character does not speak English?
. Who is the object of Esperanza’s first crush?
. Why does Cathy agree to be Esperanza’s friend only until Tuesday?
She has too many cats
Esperanza decides to buy a bike with Lucy and Rachel
Her family is moving out of the neighborhood
She has to go back to France
. In what way is Nenny similar to Esperanza?
They have the same hair
They make up similar jump-rope rhymes
They both want to eat at the canteen at school
They have the same sense of humor
. Which of the following is NOT a reason that hips are useful, according to Esperanza, Rachel, and Lucy?
They are good for dancing
They are useful for propping up a baby while cooking
They attract boys
They differentiate the male skeleton from the female one
. How does Esperanza decide to defy social conventions at home?
She doesn’t do her dishes
She refuses to baby-sit her sister, Nenny
She refuses to pick up garbage
She goes out with Sire against her parents’ wishes
. With what object or objects in the neighborhood does Esperanza identify most closely?
The huge tree in Meme Ortiz’s backyard
The four trees in her front yard
The abandoned car in the Monkey Garden
. What does Nenny want to buy in Gil’s junk shop?
A music box
A little Statue of Liberty
. What does Esperanza yearn for above all else?
A new name
A home of her own
To become a famous writer
To leave Mango Street
. Which of Esperanza’s friends attends college?
. Why doesn’t Esperanza want to dance at her cousin’s baptismal party?
She doesn’t have hips
She thinks her dress is ugly
Nobody asks her to dance
She is wearing her old school shoes
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