47 pages 1 hour read

Judith Ortiz Cofer

American History

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1993

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. A (Paragraph 8)

2. B (Paragraph 7)

3. D (Paragraph 1)  

4. A (Various Paragraphs)

5. D (Paragraph 27)

6. A (Various Paragraphs)

7. C (Paragraph 35)

8. C (Paragraph 33)

Long Answer

1. At the start of the story, Elena watches the old Jewish couple. While they occasionally fight, they care for each other deeply until the husband dies. Conversely, Elena watches the deep divide between Eugene’s parents, who enforce traditional gender roles. Despite this, Elena imagines a future with coffee and books with Eugene. (Paragraph 12) Of course, Eugene’s mother destroys this hypothetical future.