Eleven By Sandra Cisneros

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What does the red sweater represent to Rachel?
What does the red sweater represent to Rachel?
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something that is horrible and she is embarrassed of. One of her antagonists
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Why does Rachel compare growing old to an onion?
Why does Rachel compare growing old to an onion?
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she says that people have many layered emotions and act many different ages in life
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The sweater being like a \”big red mountain\” symbolizes what?
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it is a problem that is too big for Rachel to solve
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Who does Rachel feel treats her unfairly?
Who does Rachel feel treats her unfairly?
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Mrs. Price
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What does Rachel do when she is first given the sweater?
What does Rachel do when she is first given the sweater?
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She doesn’t say a word.
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Who does the red sweater really belong to?
Who does the red sweater really belong to?
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\”Stupid\” Phyllis Lopez
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Where is the setting of the story?
Where is the setting of the story?
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Mrs. Price’s math classroom
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What is the worst thing that happened on Rachel’s birthday?
What is the worst thing that happened on Rachel's birthday?
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She was humiliated in class by being forced to put on the red sweater
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Rachel wished that she was how old so that she could speak up to Mrs. Price?
Rachel wished that she was how old so that she could speak up to Mrs. Price?
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102 years
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What’s the protagonist’s name?
What's the protagonist's name?
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Rachel
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What does Rachel say about being eleven?
What does Rachel say about being eleven?
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If you’re eleven, you’re also 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 Meaning: you’ve got all of the other characteristics from your previous years.
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What is an objective summary of the story, Eleven?
What is an objective summary of the story, Eleven?
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Rachel turns eleven and she does not feel her age. A teacher gets angry because a sweater has been sitting in the closet for a month. A girl says it’s Rachel’s. Teacher makes Rachel take it. Rachel pushes it to the corner of her desk because it’s disgusting and not hers. At the end of class, the teacher tells her to put it on. Rachel puts it on – and it upsets her, yet she can’t speak up for herself. And all at once, her three-year-old emotions come out – and she starts to cry in front of the class. Then another girl says it’s actually hers. Tonight she’ll have her birthday cake – but she’s not excited about it.
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What is the main theme of, Eleven?
What is the main theme of, Eleven?
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No matter how old you get, you still have moments of insecurity and that remind you of times when you were a child.
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What characterization does Rachel undergo?
What characterization does Rachel undergo?
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She has false hope about what being 11 is going to feel like. As the story progresses, she gets a rude awakening that being 11 is just like 10. She’s getting older – almost a teenager, but still feels like she’s of a younger age – still a baby in some ways.
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What change does the reader undergo?
What change does the reader undergo?
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The story begins with the reader believing that Rachel will come to embrace being 11, when in fact the reader finds that she has done the opposite, and resents being one year older (since she doesn’t feel like it).
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What is Rachel’s internal conflict?
What is Rachel's internal conflict?
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She doesn’t feel or act her age and doesn’t know how to maturely solve her problems.
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What are Rachel’s external conflicts?
What are Rachel's external conflicts?
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Mrs. Price and the red sweater
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\”I bury my face in my stupid clown-sweater arms\” is what type of figurative language?
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Metaphor
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\”It’s an ugly sweater with red plastic buttons and a collar and sleeves all stretched out like you could use it for a jump rope\” is what type of figurative language?
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Hyperbole
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\”And you don’t feel eleven at all. You feel like you’re still ten.\” What trait is this?
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Character Feels
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\”That stupid Phyllis Lopez, who is even dumber than Sylvia Saldivar…\” What trait is this?
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Character Thinks
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‘\”That’s not, I don’t, you’re not…Not mine.\” I Finally say in a little voice…’ What trait is this?
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Character Says
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\”I move the red sweater to the corner of my desk with my ruler.\” What trait is this?
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Character Does
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\”Maybe because I’m skinny,…\” \”…and I stand there with my arms apart like if the sweater hurts me and it does…\” What trait are these?
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Character Looks
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‘\”Rachel,\” Mrs. Price says. She says it like she’s getting mad.\”‘ What trait is this?
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Viewed by Others
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\”…and I’m crying like I’m three in front of everybody.\” \”…Phyllis Lopez says she remembers the red sweater is hers. I take it off right away and give it to her…\” What trait is this?
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