The Mexican-American Community

1. What are the four characteristics of a minority group, according to Healy and O’Brien? Identify them and give a short one or two- sentence explanation of each. 2. In 6 to 8 sentences, describe the Chicano mural movement. What are murals and why are they significant to the Mexican American community? What themes do they cover?  Identify and/or describe some murals, muralists, and places where these murals are located. 3. Describe what the “zoot suit” is or looks like,  its origin, and its significance among the Mexican-American community. (Minimum 4 sentences) 4. What happened during the Night of Sorrows and what was Motecohzuma’s advice to his people after this night? (Minimum 3 sentences  5.    The play Zoot Suit is a fictionalized drama about Henry (Hank Leyvas) and his friends. What three historical (actual) events are central to the play? Describe these events and how they are connected with each other and with the important characters of the play. Furthermore, how do they illustrate the status of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. during that time? Explain your answer 6. The author/narrator of House Built on Ashes feels exiled (like he doesn’t belong) or isolated in multiple ways. Describe and explain the different levels of isolation or exile that affect the author. Who, what, where is he exiled or separated from? How do these separations affect him and his sense of identity? At the end of the memoir, has he resolved these feelings of isolation or feelings of not belonging? Explain your response.

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