1. In what ways does the story in Jesse parallel events in the Soto’s life? Is Jesse an autobiography? Why or why not?
2. Do you think that a story such as that in Jesse could take place in a different location and time period? Consider some possible alternate settings and discuss how the story would differ.
3. Choose five to ten Spanish words from the book. Define these words and explain their meanings in the context of the story. How does Soto’s use of the Spanish language enhance the story?
4. What social and political issues affect Jesse’s development as a character? What social and political issues are important to you and how do these issues influence your identity?
5. Are the social and political matters that Jesse faces in the novel still relevant today? Whether or not these issues have been resolved, what impact have they had on our world?
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