Study Questions for the "How to Eat A Guava"
* Guava is a tropical fruit. If you want to find out more about
it, click here.
- Esmeralda Santiago spent a great deal of effort to show that she is
an expert in guava. Why did she have such an obsession about guava?
- Santiago's feelings toward guava seem to have changed over time.
a. What did she remember about picking and eating guavas as a child
in Puerto Rico?
b. How did she feel now seeing guavas at a Shop & Save in New York?
- What is the author's state of mind when she said "But this is
autumn in New York, and I'm no longer a child?" (p. 4)
- Santiago mentions that apples and pears have a "predictable and
bittersweet ripeness." (p. 4) How can apples and pears have a bittersweet
taste? What is she referring to?
- How is the guava used as a metaphor of life experience?
- Why did the author name the prologue "How To Eat a Guava?"
After reading this short selection, if you were to rename it, what would
be another suitable title?
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