by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising: Symbols Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Esperanza Rising? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What possession of Esperanza's reminds her that life is full of many obstacles?
The roses from Papa's garden
Her porcelain doll
Abuelita's zigzag blanket
A book entitled Life is Full of Many Obstacles
Q. What mythical creature rises from its own ashes to start a new life, just like Esperanza's family?
Q. What symbol does Esperanza use to explain to Miguel that they are from two separate classes, and can never be together?
Edward and Bella, from Twilight
Q. What does the phrase "There is no rose without thorns" mean?
Roses are thorny
Pricking your finger on a thorn is bad luck
There is no life without difficulties
There is no way for peasants to rise above their station in Mexico
Q. What are the chapters in Esperanza Rising named for?
The crops that Esperanza and her family harvest at different times of the year
The places that Esperanza travels on her way to the United States
The kinds of roses that grew on Esperanza's father's ranch
The brands of diaper that Esperanza used to change the babies