Black, white, and orange illustration of Esperanza standing in front of a building or structure

The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

Start Free Trial

Part X Quiz: Four Skinny Trees and No Speak English

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Study Questions

1. Who planted the four skinny trees in Esperanza’s yard?

2. Does Nenny appreciate the trees?

3. What do the trees say to Esperanza while she sleeps?

4. How is Esperanza like the skinny trees?

5. Why does Esperanza like the skinny trees?

6. What theories do people have about why Mamacita won’t come out?

7. How many English words does Mamacita know?

8. What did Esperanza’s father eat for three months when he first came to the United States?

9. What does Mamacita’s husband want her to do?

10. What does Mamacita’s baby learn from the TV?

Answers

1. The city planted the four skinny trees.

2. No, Nenny doesn’t even hear them.

3. The trees tell Esperanza to “keep.”

4. The trees have skinny necks and pointy elbows, and, like her, they don’t belong on Mango Street.

5. She likes the trees because they understand her and give her strength.

6. They guess she won’t come out because she is too fat, because there are too many stairs, or because she can’t speak English.

7. Mamacita knows eight words in English: “He not here,” “No speak English,” and “Holy smokes.”

8. Esperanza’s father ate “hamandeggs.”

9. Mamacita’s husband wants her to learn English.

10. The baby learns a Pepsi jingle.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Previous

Part IX Quiz: Geraldo No Last Name,Edna’s Ruthie, The Earl of Tennessee,and Sire

Next

Part XI Quiz: Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays and Sally