Describe the setting of Yolanda’s birthday party. How does Yolanda’s extended family view her, and how does she view them? Why do they view one another in this way? Include a quote to support your answer.
What can you infer about gender roles in the Dominican Republic based on this chapter? How does Yolanda react to the DR’s gender roles? Include a quote to support your answer.
Why has Yolanda returned to the Dominican Republic after five years in America? What is her relationship to her native country? Does she feel included or excluded from it, and why? Include a quote to support your answer.
Why does Alvarez include the scene with Yolanda and the two men in the guava grove? What does this reveal about Yolanda’s character traits and/or motivations? Include a quote to support your answer.
Why does Alvarez choose to name this story “Antojos”? How might this title symbolize more than one thing? Point to details from the text to support your answer.