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

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Study Questions for the "A Shot At It" Chapter
  1. Why did Esmeralda's teachers take her ambition to be on TV lightly?

  2. On p. 263 and 264, Esmearlada told us how nervous she was at the audition. Identify the phrases that she used to describe her inner thoughts and her outward appearance.

  3. Esmeralda described the skit she performed at the audition. She and the other student did a wonderful job. How did we know that the pantomime show was a success? Analyze her description.

  4. At the end fo the chapter, Esmeralda said that she was ashamed and afraid that "I had failed the audition and would never, ever, get out of Brooklyn" (p. 266) Getting out of Brooklyn is a symbolic statement. Why did she mean?

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