- QuestionWhy does the author ask you to close your eyes and imagine things like traveling a far distance and that no one eats, speaks or dresses the same way as you once you get there?AnswerHe does this because he wants you to think about how Julia Alvarez must have felt.
- QuestionReread paragraph eight.
How was Julia different from her classmates?AnswerShe didn’t know a lot of English and had a hard time understanding it. She had an accent. She spoke Spanish. She
wore frilly dresses. She had dark, curly hair. She ate spicy, garlicky food.
- QuestionReread the second-to-last paragraph.
What does the author mean by the phrase, “true self”?AnswerJulia didn’t have to pretend to be anyone else. She could be herself, who she truly or really was inside.
- QuestionWhat does Julia Alvarez want people who read her stories to understand?AnswerThat we all belong, no matter our differences. And we have a great opportunity to learn from one another,
understand one another, be kind to one another and help one another.