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ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Where does our sense of identity come from?

House On Mango Street: Chapter Questions


NAME
SECTION TWO: Friendship, Neighborhood, Home
Cathy Queen of Cats (p12-13)
1. What do you learn about Esperanzas neighborhood from the four paragraphs in this chapter?

Cathy Queen of Cats (p12-13)


2.
Two girls raggedy as rats live across the
street (p12).
3.

4.

Figurative Language /

What it means

Simile (p12)
Her house is like cat heaven (p13)

Our Good Day (p14-16)


5. What is the mood of the chapter?
6. Make a list of upbeat words and phrases from this chapter

Our Good Day (p14-16)


7.
Because Lucy has long legs she pedals. I sit
on the back seat and Rachel is skinny enough
to get up on the handlebars (p16).
8.
which makes the bike all wobbly as if the
wheels are spaghetti (p16).
9.

Figurative Language /

What it means
Through Cisneros descriptive language, one can easily see the
three girls riding around the run-down block.

Personification (p16)
10. past Mr. Bennys grocery on the
corner, and down the avenue which is
dangerous. Laundromat, junk store,
drugstore, windows and cars and more cars,
and around the block back to Mango (p16).
11.
Laughing the crooked ride back (p16).

Laughter (p17-18)
12.What is the special bond between Esperanza and Nenny? How is it expressed?

Laughter (p17-18)
13. Rachel and Lucy have the same fat
popsicle lips like everybody else in their
family (p17).
14. Not the shy ice cream bells giggle of
Rachel and Lucys family (p17)

Figurative Language /

What it means

15. surprised like a pile of dishes


breaking (p17).

Gills Furniture Bought & Sold (p19-20)


16.How does the author describe Gils junk shop?

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Where does our sense of identity come from?

Gils Furniture Bough & Sold (p19-20)


17. When he opened the music box it was
like all of a sudden he let go a million moths
all over the dusty furniture and swan-neck
shadows and in our bones (p20).
18.
Its like drops of water (p20).

Figurative Language /

What it means

19.
Simile (p20)

The music box gave off an odd, plucking sound.

Meme Ortiz (pages 21-22)


19.Who is Meme Ortiz? How old is he? How do you know?

20.What is ironic and child-like in this chapter?

Meme Ortiz (p21-22)


22.

Figurative Language /

What it means

Simile (p21)
23.
Simile (p21)
24.
Out front there are twenty-one steps, all lopsided
and jutting like crooked teeth (p22)
25.
.. a greasy bunch of boards that used to be a
garage (p22).
26.
Personification (p22)
27.

Our house is the smallest in the neighborhood. (p22)

Louie, His Cousin, & His Other Cousin (p23-25)


28.What one word would you use to describe each of Louies cousins?

Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin (p23-25)


29.
he drove up in this great big yellow Cadillac with
whitewalls and a yellow scarf tied around the mirror
(p24)
30.
The nose of that yellow Cadillac was all pleated
like an alligators (p25)

House On Mango Street

Figurative Language /

What it means
Fancy, yellow car expensive Cadillac

NAME ________________________________ Due Date: April 22, 2015

Section Two: Friendship, Neighborhood, Home

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Where does our sense of identity come from?


Respond to the following questions about friendship, neighborhoods, and home.
Responses should be 150 to 300 words in length and should include 3-4 figurative language/Smiley-Face tricks,
transition words or phrases, and TWO vocabulary words.

TOPIC: Your Neighborhood


2A. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Questions to think about:
How is your neighborhood unique?
Is your neighborhood made up of home owners, renters, or both?
How are your neighbors different? How are they similar to the rest of the neighbors?
Does you neighborhood have that family? Who are they? Why are they singled
out?

Write a VIGNETTE (nonfiction/true short story) of 150-300 words about your neighborhood.

It can be

about a person, family, group, the homes, etc. Do NOT TELL. SHOW with at least 3 figurative language techniques.

Creative Title: ____________________________________________

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