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

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Study Question for the Epilogue

  1. There had been many important and influential teachers in Esmeralda's life. Why did she choose to desribe a conversation with the teacher who was also on the panel to judge her audition?

  2. Esmeralda ended her autobiography with a powerful conclusion:

    "P.A. '66," I said to no one in particular. "One of these days."

    What prompted to say this, silently, to herself?

  3. Looking at the structure of all the chapters in this book, you will notice that Esmeralda's own recollection of her life was sandwiched between the Prologue and the Epilogue. The Prologue and the Epilogue are about events much more recent than the things described in the body of the book. Discuss why she chose to use such a technique, and explain what makes this narrative technique powerful and successful.

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