LaGuardia Community College 2002-03 Common Reading
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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STUDY QUESTIONS AND REVIEW EXERCISES


ONLINE BILINGUAL DICTIONARY:

There are many Spanish expressions in the book, and you might want to use a Spanish-English dictionary to help find the translation. Internet dictionaries are quite handy. Following is one example of these online dictionaries.


STUDY QUESTIONS

In this section, you will find study questions that accompany each chapter of the book. They will help you identify the important episodes, and follow Esmeralda Santiago's life as she was growing up.

The study questions usually belong to one of the following three categories:

  • Factual questions: You will be able to find the answers directly from the text, after you have read the book carefully.

  • Inference questions: You are asked to interpret and understand the deeper meaning behind the author's writing.

  • Association questions: These questions ask you to relate what you have read to issues and problems that you can see in your own life. You will compare the author's viewpoints and experience with your own.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prologue: How to Eat A Guava

Jíbara

Fighting Naked

Someone is Coming to Take Your Lap

The American Invasion of Macún

Why Women Remain Jamona

Mami Gets A Job

El Mangle

Letters from New York

Casi Señorita

Dreams of A Better Life

Angels on the Ceiling

You Don't Want to Know

A Shot at It

Epilogue: One of These Days


OTHER REVIEW ACTIVITIES:

    • Crossword Puzzle No. 1: This exercise helps you review the first 4 chapters of the book.

    • Crossword Puzzle No. 2: This exercise helps you review Chapters 5 to 9 of the book.

    • Crossword Puzzle No. 3: This exercise helps you review Chapters 10 to 13 of the book.

    • Where in the World Is Esmeralda Santiago? Track the movement of the Santiago family throughout the book.

    • Influence of Teachers on Esmeralda Santiago's academic and emotional growth.


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