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Chapters 1-3 study guide Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 1924 and Las Uvas (grapes) Las Papayas (papayas) Los Higos (figs)

the land's heart beating

What did Esperanza want to hear

her papa

Who was Esperanza walking with in the vineyard

El Rancho de las Rosas in Aguascalientes, Mexico

What is the setting of the story

it will be her birthday and there will be a fiesta

Why is Esperanza waiting for the harvest to be over

they reminded her of her papa's death

Why didn't Esperanza want to open up her birthday presents


What are los dedos

superstition or omen, blood was drawn when she touched the thorn

Why did Esperanza consider pricking her finger bad luck

growing up, turning fifteen, their Quinceaneras party, getting married, etc

What do the girls talk about when they get together

he wanted Esperanza's mother to marry him after a year

What did Esperanza's uncle want after the will was read

her papa had been killed the night before

What had Esperanza forgotten when she first woke up

they couldn't have a relationship because one was of the upper class and one was of the servant class

What did they mean when they said there was a river between Esperanza and Miguel

he wanted her power and respect so that he could run for governor

Why did Uncle Luis propose to Esperanza's mother

he warned Esperanza's mother that Tio Luis was a dangerous man

What did the lawyer do after the uncles left

Esperanza's friend and the housekeeper's son

Who is Miguel

Esperanza's uncles arrived with her papa's belt buckle

What was the first clue that something was really wrong

Papa's body

What was in the back of the wagon

Abuelita, Esperanza's grandmother, her mother's mother

Who is everyone's favorite relative

a piece of her hair

What did Abuelita weave into her blanket

Papa wasn't home from his day on the ranch, and the sun was setting

What worried Esperanza and her mother

there were bandits in the area that might attack the ranch

What had Papa been warned about

a vineyard

What does Esperanza's father own

how the earth's heartbeat beats

What does Esperanza father show her

El Rancho de las Rosas

Esperanza's ranch is called the

because she is Papa's pride and glory

Why was Esperanza given the job to cut the first grapes of the harvest

in the garden and he never disappointed her

Where did Papa promise to meet Esperanza


Who is Esperanza's best friend

she pricks her finger on a thorn

What causes Esperanza's premonition

how to do the zigzag

What is Abuelita showing Esperanza


What kind of character trait best describes Esperanza's uncles (Tio Luis and Tio Marco)

her father's death

What is Esperanza in disbelief over

papa had ordered them because Hortensia made Esperanza's favorite salad every year for her birthday

Why had Senor Rodriguez brought papayas

this job was usually reserved for the eldest son of a wealthy rancher, but since she was an only child she was always given the honor

What was different about Esperanza being given the scythe

just as the bird rose again from ashes, will Esperanza find a way to rise from ashes and make a new life for herself

Why did Abuelita compare them to the Pheonix

to buy them more time to plan an escape to the United States with Alfonso, Hortnesia, and Miguel

Why did Esperanza's mother agree to marry Tio Luis

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