What is the family dynamic at the Garcia’s father’s birthday party (how do the parents and children behave, who is in control, etc.)? Is this dynamic unusual or expected, in your opinion? Include a quote to support your answer.
What do Carlos and Sofia’s actions and opinions in this chapter reveal about their character traits and motivations? What do they reveal about gender roles in Dominican culture? Include a quote to support your answer.
What effect has the American Dream had on Carlos? Does it have a positive, negative, or both positive and negative effect on him? Include a quote to support your answer.
Ch 3 “The Four Girls” Discussion Questions
How do the Garcia girls feel about how their mother, Laura, raised them? Why do they feel this way? Include a quote to support your answer.
In this chapter, Laura offers a different story about Carla, Yolanda, Sandra, and Sofia. What do these stories reveal about Laura’s perception of each daughter? What do the stories reveal about the traits and motivations of each daughter, and their experience in America? Why do you think Laura remembers and retells these stories? Include multiple quotes to support your answer.