English II- HP
"He meant siete hijos, seven children, but he translated it as "sons."
1. What does Cisneros mean when she writes that being an only daughter in a family of six
sons “explains everything” (1)?
2. Cisneros’ thesis is that being the only daughter of a working-class Mexican father and
Mexican-American mother “had everything to do with who I am today.” Write a brief
list of her supporting points that prove this to be true.
3. What distinction does Cisneros make in paragraph 2 and 3 between being “the only
daughter” and being “only a daughter”?
2. From information in the essay, name one
a. advantage of being a daughter instead of a son.
b. disadvantage of being a daughter instead of a son.
6. In paragraph 2, Cisneros adds details to her self-description of being one daughter
among six sons. Name one of the details. Do you think this additional information is
necessary—why or why not?
7. What does she mean when she says her father “represents . . . the public majority
uninterested in reading”? Why does she say that it is this audience she is writing for?
8. What was the most wonderful thing that happened the year of her story?
9. Where did this essay originally appear? Who is the audience for that publication? Do
you think this was an appropriate essay for that publication’s audience? Why or why