Study Questions for the "Fighting Naked" Chapter
- Esmeralda suggested that Papi was lying about the real purpose of
a trip out of town (p. 21 - 23). How can the readers infer that Papi
was lying? Find the actual sentences in the text to show how Papi was
being evasive and dishonest about the trip.
- After Mami and Papi had a big argument, Mami threw out all of Papi's
"The next morning Papi's clothes were scattered in the front
yard. They were damp, stained with the muddy tracks of toads and iguanas.
As she waited for the coffee water to boil, Mami picked them up and
took them to the tub under the avocado tree. That afternoon, when
Papi came home, they'd all been washed." (p. 25)
How did this selection reflect male and female roles in our society?
- Refer to the family tree that you have created in the "jibara"
chapter. Add Provi and Margie to the tree. What is an appropriate way
to include these names?
- Judging by Margie's age, and the ages of the children in the Santiago
family, how can you characterize the relationship of Papi, Provi and
- Esmeralda had very naive notions of having a half-sister. What was
- Esmeralda started attending school in Macun and she had great pride
in going to school. Describe what her school life was like. (p. 30 -
- Esmeralda learned about dignidad. Explain what the concept
represents. (p. 30)
- The chapter was titled "Fighting Naked." Who was fighting
naked? And why?
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