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Esperanza’s World – Mexican American Cuisine Center – Activities / Teacher Resources

Esperanza’s World – Mexican American Cuisine Center – Activities / Teacher Resources




Activities / Teacher Resources
 

Mexican-American Cooking and Cuisine Quiz

True or False: Place a T or F in front of each statement.  If the statement is false, make it correct by changing the information.

  1. _____ Saguaro cactus can live to be 200 years old.
  2. _____ Saguaro cactus begin to bloom when they are 50 years old.
  3. _____ Saguaro cactus flowers stay open for pollination less then 24 hours.
  4. _____ People shake the saguaro cactus to remove its fruit.
  5. _____ Corn dough is called mesa in Spanish.
  6. _____ Nopales taste like lima beans.
  7. _____ Nopales are a fruit.
  8. _____ Frijoles refritos means fried twice.
  9. _____ Pinole flour contains ground toasted corn kernels, other ground seeds and herbs.

Fill-in-the Blank

  1. Pinole can be made into ______________, ______________ or _________________________.
  2. A comal is a _______________, ______________ griddle used to cook tortillas and other foods.
  3. Main foods of traditional Mexican cuisine are ___________, ______________, ______________, _________________ and _________________.
  4. Horno means ______________ in Spanish and it is shaped like a ___________________.
  5. The three main categories of chili peppers are _________________, _______________________ and _______________________.
  6. Esperanza’s family used ____________ soap and Rosa used ______________ soap.
  7. The _______________________ used to cook sugar in candy causes it to have different levels of hardness.

Short Answer
Retell the story of the Blue Willow plate in your own words.

 

Mexican-American Cooking and Cuisine Quiz Key

True or False: Place a T or F in front of each statement.  If the statement is false, make it correct by changing the information.

  1. T – Saguaro cactus can live to be 200 years old.
  2. F – Saguaro cactus begin to bloom when they are 8 – 10 feet tall.
  3. T – Saguaro cactus flowers stay open for pollination less then 24 hours.
  4. F – People use a cross-topped pole to remove its fruit.
  5. F – Corn dough is called masa in Spanish.
  6. F – Nopales taste like green beans.
  7. F – Nopales are a vegetable.
  8. F – Frijoles refritos means fried very well.
  9. T – Pinole flour contains ground toasted corn kernels, other ground seeds and herbs.

Fill-in-the Blank

  1. Pinole can be made into a drink, a corn bread or a mush.
  2. A comal is a smooth, flat griddle used to cook tortillas and other foods.
  3. Main foods of traditional Mexican cuisine are maize, beans, avocados, chili peppers and Nopal cactus.
  4. Horno means oven or furnace in Spanish and it is shaped like a beehive.
  5. The three main categories of chili peppers are bell peppers, sweet peppers and hot peppers.
  6. Esperanza’s family used lard soap and Rosa used yucca root soap.
  7. The temperature used to cook sugar in candy causes it to have different levels of hardness.

Short Answer
Answers will vary. Self-check your story facts and the sequence of your details.