Answer the following questions regarding the second half of the novel, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Your answers must be incomplete sentences, and each response should be at least 3 sentences and include at least one quote from the novel to support your answer.
1. How does Xiomara’s relationship with writing change her relationship with her mother over the course of the novel? Why do you think her writing affects her relationship with her mother? What about church and spirituality—how does Xiomara compare and contrast religion (prayer) and poetry?
2. Why does Xiomara feel as though “[her] words are okay” when she is in Ms. Galiano’s class, but not when she is with other people or in other places (p. 264)
3. Why does Xiomara call poetry club a prayer circle? Do you think that writing can be healing? Do you think art can be healing?
4. In what ways does Xiomara views of sexuality change through the novel? How does she come to terms with her own sexuality and her brother Xavier’s sexuality? What instances or scenes in the novel show this?