Enriques Journey Blog Entry Questions


  1. Examine the author’s background. What about that background gives her empathy for her characters?
  2. Examine the author’s writing process as described in the text. What evidence do you see of the pre-composing and prewriting process.
  3. Discuss the shift in immigration from the 1980s to the present. What economic and political factors might account for the shift? How does this shift impact people’s attitudes about immigration? How does this shift impact the dangers of the immigrant journey?
  4. What predictions can you make as you read?
  5. The author says that immigration is “a powerful stream, one that can only be addressed at its source.” What is the meaning of this statement?


  1. Discuss Enrique’s relationship with his mother. How is that relationship different from the relationships each has with other people?
  2. What does the author mean when she says that for these children, finding their mothers “becomes the quest for the Holy Grail”?
  3. Contrast the images of the United States that Lourdes/Enrique see on television versus what each finds in the United States.
  4. In this section, the seeds of Enrique’s desire to follow his mother are planted. What “seeds” can you find?


  1. Contrast the descriptions of the first attack Enrique endures on his journey with the first kindnesses he is shown.
  2. Discuss the attitudes toward immigrants and immigration Lourdes and Enrique encounter in Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. Do those attitudes differ even within different parts of each country?
  3. Summarize Enrique’s early attempts. Why does each fail?


  1. Describe Chiapas. How is it different from other places Enrique travels?
  2. Trace the different names given to the train. What does each name reveal about the journey?
  3. The gangs aboard the trains are portrayed in both a positive and negative light. How?
  4. How is Oaxaca different?


  1. What is the significance of the statue of Jesus Enrique encounters?
  2. How does the journey change at the point of this encounter?

"Five” and “Six”

  1. Contrast the sides of the Rio Grande. What is Enrique’s life like on his side of the river that in Mexico is called Rio Bravo?
  2. Describe Enrique’s final journey into the United States.
  3. What problems develop almost immediately when Enrique is reunited with his mother? Do these problems surprise you?


  1. What motivates Enrique to stay in the United States? What things make him wish to return to Honduras?
  2. What factors cause conflict between Enrique and Lourdes? How do they seek to overcome these factors?
  3. Contrast Enrique’s life in the United States with the life he left behind.
  4. How do you feel when Maria Isabel leaves Honduras?
Taken from BookBrowse