Tropic of Orange: Summary & Characters


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In Tropic of Orange, why has Rafaela returned to Mexico?

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1. What is notable about the orange tree planted on Gabriel's property in Mexico in Tropic of Orange?

2. In Tropic of Orange, why does Rafaela fear for her son's life?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to assess and revisit what you read in The Tropic of Orange. This resource will help you check what you know about important characters in the book and what happens to them as the story progresses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focus on checking your knowledge of:

  • Why Rafaela returns to Mexico
  • What is noticeable about the orange tree on Gabriel's property
  • What Emi's biggest concern is
  • Why people are standing on the highway in the story

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - review what you read in the book to ensure you pull out the most important information and events in the book
  • Knowledge application - revisit what you know about Rafaela to answer a question about why she fears for her son
  • Information recall - see if you can remember what Emi is most concerned with in the story

Additional Learning

Review this book in more detail with the accompanying lesson, The Tropic of Orange: Summary & Characters. This lesson offers a more comprehensive review of:

  • Background about the book
  • Identifying main characters and understanding their relationships with each other
  • The characters' back stories
  • The tree that produces a single fruit
  • Why Rafaela returns to L.A.
  • The people trapped on the highway