Directions: For the Reading Activity answer the following questions completely in a word processing document then attach and submit by clicking on the “Unit 5: Reading Activity” link above to submit your assignment.
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Remember to follow these guidelines:
- Provide evidence from the text. Be specific!
- Give reasoning for your response with a few sentences of commentary.
- Proofread for spelling and grammar errors.
- Answer ALL parts of the question.
- Find three examples of figurative language in the chapters you have read so far.
Chapters 8 and 9
- Find examples of objects that could be symbolic–at least 3.
- How does Minerva function as a symbol both as a character in this novel and in real life?
- Think about other symbolic objects, characters or events in this novel: the anacahuita tree from the Mirabal sisters’ childhood, Dede’s ring, her failure to plant seeds, etc. How is symbolic meaning different from literal meaning?
- How does the symbol inform our understanding of the story or character?
- Choose one of the Mirabal sisters. Develop a timeline of the most important events in that sisters’ narrative.
- Write a short description (no more than two paragraphs) of the way she has evolved.
- Identify three major turning points up until this chapter.
- How might each of the sisters feel about being viewed as a martyr and symbol of freedom? Explain.
- Identify three major themes in the book so far.
- Discuss the sacrifices each Mirabal sister makes for her rebellion against tyranny.
- Consider how you would answer Maria Teresa’s journal entry, “What is the real connection between people? Is it our religion, the color of our skin, the money in our pockets?”
- How does each sister exhibit courage in a way consistent with her personality and responsibilities throughout the novel?