Study Questions for the "Someone is Coming to Take Your Lap"
- After moving to Santurce, the Santiago family experienced a significant
improvement in living conditions. List the improvements, compared with
the primitive conditions in Macun.
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- Esmeralda experienced discrimination when she started attending school
in Santurce, after moving from the rural area of Macun. Describe what
happened to her.
- Out of childish curiosity (p. 43 - 44), Esmeralda quizzed her father
on the topic of sin. Papi's answers were an ironic contrast of what
he practiced. Discuss the irony in his answer.
- Esmeralda heard about "Jurutungo." Explain what kind of
place it was, in the context of the memoir. (p. 49)
- Don Berto, a well respected elderly man, passed away. In what ways
did his death have an important impact on Esmeralda?
- Esmeralda and Papi had a very philosophical dialog about body and
soul. Summarize the most important points of their conversation. (p.
53 - 54)
- The paragraphs between p. 55 to 57 served as a prelude to the next
chapter, "The American Invasion of Macun." In what ways had
this discussion provided Esmeralda with notions of a better life?
- Why had Esmeralda devoted three pages (p. 58 - 60) to tell the readers
about rain in a certain afternoon in May? Also, describe the way in
which Mami and the children played in the rain.
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