Read Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and answer the following questions. Be sure to give strong, defensible support for your answers.

  1. Explain what role death has in this novel and what effect it has on Esperanza.
  2. Compare and contrast Esperanza’s relationship with her parents to other characters in the book.
  3. Why does Esperanza both seek and try to avoid sexual experiences.
  4. Why do you think Cisneros chooses to avoid using accents or slang in her narrative? What could have been gained or lost had she chose to do so?