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

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Study Questions for the "Casi Senorita" Chapter
  1. Esmeralda attended a religious ceremony. (p. 173 to 175) Summarize what happened and explain her response to this event.

  2. After Esmeralda was molested by her principal, she described her pain in very vivid language. Find the section where she talked about this traumatic experience, and explain what kind of pain she was suffering.

  3. After finishing the chapter, it is quite obvious that there are at least two reasons why Santiago named it "Casi Senorita" (Almost A Woman). Discuss what these reasons are.

  4. A movie based on Esmeralda Santiago's second book, Almost a Woman, was released on Sept. 15, 2002 on PBS stations around the New York Metro area. Visit this site to learn more about the theatrical production.



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