Ysrael Short Story By Junot Diaz

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Ysrael Quizzes & Trivia

This is a practice quiz to gage your understanding of the plot, themes and main characters in Junot Diaz's short story, "Ysrael".


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Consider the different male characters in this story. What is the theme of this story? Which character best supports this theme?
  • 2. 
    Why does Rafa and the other boys make fun of Yunior's Haitian features? What does this refer to in Dominican Republican history?
  • 3. 
    What fascinates Rafa, Yunior and the other boys about Ysrael?
    • A. 

      He is going to America.

    • B. 

      He is a wrestler.

    • C. 

      He wears a mask to hide his disfigured face.

    • D. 

      He is a Haitian.

  • 4. 
    Which main character represents the emphasis placed on masculinity in the Dominican Republic?
    • A. 

      Yunior.

    • B. 

      Rafa.

    • C. 

      Ysrael.

    • D. 

      Tio Miguel.

  • 5. 
    What does Rafa and his friends in the Capital make fun of Yunior for?
    • A. 

      His Haitian features.

    • B. 

      His disfigurement.

    • C. 

      Crying.

    • D. 

      His intelligence.

  • 6. 
    Who is Rafa's character foil?
    • A. 

      Yunior.

    • B. 

      Ysrael.

    • C. 

      Tio Miguel.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 7. 
    True or False: Ysrael has already been to America.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 8. 
    True or False: Ysrael's literal disfigurement represents Rafa's inner ugliness.
    • A. 

      True.

    • B. 

      False.

  • 9. 
    Why does Rafa doubt that the doctors in America will be able to fix Ysrael's disfigurement?
    • A. 

      He is jealous that Ysrael might get to go to the U.S.

    • B. 

      Rafa has been to America and doesn't trust the doctors there.

    • C. 

      Rafa was unable to get help in America for his disfigurement so he doubts Ysrael will be able to either.

    • D. 

      Rafa dosen't want Ysrael to go because he will miss his company.

  • 10. 
    Why does Ysrael wear the mask?
    • A. 

      He thinks he is a wrestler.

    • B. 

      He likes to pretend to be a super hero from a comic book.

    • C. 

      He doesn't want people to see that he is a Haitian.

    • D. 

      When he was an infant a pig at the skin off of his face, leaving him with incredible scarring and disfigurement.

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