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Nonfiction: "At the Hearth" by Laura Esquivel

Which phrase defines “mortified” best?
horrified or shamed
Which phrase defines “author’s purpose” best?
the author’s reason for writing
Which line illustrates the influence culture has had on traditional female roles?
” . . . women’s participation in the labor force was limited by traditional cultural, educational, and legal practices.”
Which excerpt represents Armstrong’s purpose in writing this passage?
“I’m not here to make polite conversation. I want to tell the truth.”
Which phrase defines “author’s perspective” best?
the author’s attitude toward and opinion about the topic
Which excerpt expresses the author’s attitude about gender roles in her society best?
“[T]he truth is, we live like bats or owls, labour like beasts, and die like worms.”
What is the traditional female gender role in the culture Esquivel describes?
to be in charge of morality and religion, cook meals, and care for children
Which experience or belief affects Esquivel’s perspective in her essay “At the Hearth”?
all of these
How might an author’s background and time period affect a piece of writing?
They can affect the author’s perspective and in turn the theme and purpose for the writing.
Read the excerpt below from “Female Orations” by Margaret Cavendish and answer the question that follows.

Which statement describes the author’s purpose in this excerpt best?

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The speaker wants her audience to understand how unequal men and women are in their society.