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House on Mango Street
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On Loomis on the third floor
Where did the narrator live before she moved to The House on Mango Street?
like the ones on tv
In what kind of house would she like to live?
no It's small and red with tight steps in front and small windows.
Does her new home live up to her expectations? Why or why not?
A dad, Carlos, Nenny, and Kiki the youngest
Who are the members of Esperanza's family?
Who was Esperanza named after?
To get rid of all of the bad things in her life.
What does her namesake's story tell you about the status of women in Mexican society?
because the neighborhood is getting bad
Why is Cathy's family about to move?
She gives them five dollars so that Rachel can buy a bike.
How does Esperanza make friends with Lucy and Rachel?
They will be friends forever unlike Cathy who is just for Tuesday.
What makes them better friends than Cathy?
Who is Marin?
Because she is a troublemaker
Why is she/Marin unable to leave her house?
She plans to save up the money she gets from babysitting and go to Puerto Rico to get married to her boyfriend.
How does she plan to change her/Marin situation?
because she is older, pretty, and knows a lot of things about boys.
Why do Esperanza and her friends admire her/Marin?
They think they're dangerous
How do outsiders see Esperanza's neighborhood?
they get scared just like when her neighborhood gets visitors
How does Esperanza feel when she visits other neighborhoods?
cries every day for the man who left without even leaving a dollar or a note explaining how come
Why does Rosa Vargas cry every day?
they don't care about themselves or anybody else
Why do her children/Rosa Vargas misbehave?
He falls from great height and dies
What happens to her/Rosa Vargas son Angel?
He does not like the idea because he wants her to stay and help
How does Alicia's father treat her efforts to get an education?
The shoes change the girls by giving them self-confidence and awareness of their blossoming sexuality
What happens to Esperanza when she and her friends are given some cast-off shoes?
They aren't seen as little girls anymore but more like attractive people
How do the shoes change them?
They tease them with sexual comments.
What effect do they have on the men in the neighborhood?
she is under the impression that the special kids eat there.
Why does Esperanza want to eat in the school canteen?
he pesters her mother to write her a note giving her permission to eat at the canteen and to pack her a lunch
How does she get her mother to help her?
They are jump roping
What are the girls doing as they talk about hips?
Esperanza begins to believe hips have a musical quality
What are hips good for?
They are still childish
What does their conversation tell you about their ages? on hips
its not the kind of job she was hoping to get as her first job.
Why does this story have a misleading title? First Job
She is tricked into being kissed
What happens to Esperanza on her first day at work?
It shows that if something happened to her she had to take care of it herself without her family.
What does this episode tell you about her family and their expectations?
Because he tells her that his Grandfather is dead
Why does Esperanza's father cry?
She feels confused because she has never seen her father cry and doesn't know what to do
How does his crying make her feel?
Aunt Lupe falls down on the street. Then she dies
What happens to Aunt Lupe?
Because she was imitating aunt lupe before she died.
Why does Esperanza believe she deserves to go to hell?
Esperanza read books to her aunt because she was blind. Lupe tells her writing will keep her free. They had a special connection.
What special relationship did Esperanza have with her aunt?
Because Geraldo didn't tell Marin his last name
Why does Geraldo have no last name?
yes if he didn't go to the party
From the information Cisneros provides, do you believe that his death was inevitable?
Because whenever Esperanza walks past his house. Him and his friends look at her.
Why is Esperanza afraid of Sire?
Her dad says that he is a punk and her Mother says not to talk to him.
What do her parents think of him?
She wants to feel that felling of being loved by another.
Why is she so curious about what he does with Lois, and why does this curiosity make her feel as
though "everything is holding its breath inside me"?
He not here for when the landlord comes, No speak English, and Holy smokes.
What eight English words—or, really, phrases—does Mamacita know?
from leaning out the window so much
What is making Rafaela grow old?
Rapunzel is a fairy tail character. Rafaela wishes to have hair like hers so that she can get out of her house in which her husband has locked her in, and do the things that she wants to do.
Who was Rapunzel, and why would Rafaela dream of having hair like hers?
Their relationship is very strict. Sally's father abuses of Sally
Describe the relationship between Sally and her father.
The boys give her all of the attention except the girls because they think that she is a tool
How do her schoolmates see her?
She takes off her makeup and fixes herself up for her father
What transformation takes place when Sally comes home?
She feels free whenever she writes poems, like all the troubles of the world have gone away
Why does Minerva write poems?
Her husband has returned to her home and then beat her
Why is she black and blue when she comes to visit Esperanza?
He's a gardener for nice houses
What does Esperanza's father do for a living?
Esperanza is tired of looking at what theyt can't have.
Why has Esperanza stopped joining her family on their Sunday outings?
she will be the one that leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate. She doesn't want to end up with like her sisters or mom.
What is the nature of Esperanza's "quiet war"?
She doesn't want to end up with like her sisters or mom
Against whom—or what—is she fighting?
Daily Living. Usefull
How would you categorize the things Esperanza's mother knows?
she doesn't know which subway train to take to get downtown.
What things might she not know that Esperanza does?
Because she didn't have nice clothes
Why do you think she left school?
It changed because the monkey left, and it took his people with him.
How does the Monkey Garden change?
Esperanza became so angry because Sally lied to her.
What does Sally do that makes Esperanza so angry?
She was trying to save her from the red clowns.
Why is Esperanza trying to save Sally?
She gets married
What eventually happens to Sally?
she doesn't like marriages.
How does Esperanza feel about Sally's marriage?
She met the three sisters in a little house.
How does Esperanza meet the three sisters?
They predict that Esperanza will always live in Mango Street.
What kind of future do they predict for her?
They wanted her to come back someday.
What is the responsibility they place on her?
because it tells the story Esperanza experienced, and Esperanza will stay in the Mango Street or at least her experience will. she will live it all again but in a different situation in her life.
How does the ending of The House on Mango Street complete a circle?
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