Cajas de Cartón
vocab for Cajas de Cartón and answers to study questions
Terms in this set (56)
the barks (of a dog)
early in the morning
la tierra natal
a fines de
the end of
When does the story take place?
The end of August, around the 1950s
What work did Panchito do?
He picked strawberries for 12 hours every day
Why was Panchito sad?
He had to move
What did Panchito's father do before he bought "Carcanchita"? What did he want to know about the car?
He examined it and looked at many other cars. He wanted to know who the owner had been
What did the father find in the backseat of "Carcanchita"? What conclusions did he draw from this?
He found a blue tie. He thought the owner must have been someone important
How can the reader tell that Roberto is older than Panchito?
Roberto carries the larger boxes
What is the mother's prized possesion? What is it like?
Her pot. It is old, galvanized, and full of dents and nicks
How did Panchito feel when he and his family left?
When did Panchito and his family arrive at Fresno?
What could the mother do that the father could not do?
What did the house they were told to look for look like?
It was a big white house with a fence around it
Where could Panchito and his family stay?
What was the garage like?
It was old, knawed by termites, the walls could barely hold up the leaky roof, it didn't have windows and the floor was covered with dirt
How did the family prepare the garage to live in?
Roberto swept the floor, the father filled the holes in the walls with old newspapers and pieces of tin, brought in the mattress and set in in a corner
Where did everyone sleep that night?
The mother and the children slept on the mattress; Panchito, Roberto, and the father slept outside beneath the trees
What could Panchito do once it was November?
Go to school
What did he do when he woke up that day?
He woke up early and watched the stars, enjoying the thought that he didn't have to work and was going to start sixth grade
Why did he feel bad for Roberto?
Roberto couldn't go to school and had to work
When will Roberto go to school?
February, when the cotton season ends
How did Panchito feel when he got to school?
What did he see when he looked out the window of the bus?
A crowd of children
Why was Panchito startled in the office?
Nobody had spoken English to him in months
What did he have to do before eventually going to his classroom?
Answer a lot of impertinent questions
Who is Señor Lema? What did he do when Panchito arrived?
He is the sixth grade teacher. He greeted Panchito, assigned him a desk, and presented him to the class
How was Panchito feeling when he got to class?
Nervous and scared
What did the class do after the teacher took role?
Finish the story that they started the day before
What happened when Señor Lema approached Panchito? How did this make him feel?
The blood rushed to his head. He felt dizzy
What happened when Panchito opened his book?
His mouth was dry and his eyes began to water
What did Señor Lema invite Panchito to do?
Go to the music room with him
What instrument did they begin to play?
What did Señor Lema offer to do? How did Panchito respond?
Teach him to play the trumpet during lunch. Panchito said yes and couldn't wait to tell his family the news