Before we were free study guide

anita
12 yr old girl from the Dominican Republic, curious, brave, main character
papi
dad of anita, strong, brave, helped kill El Jefe, secretive, friends with mr washburn, will do anything for his family
Tio Toni
captured and killed by the SIM, Anita’s uncle, liked partying
Mami
Anita’s mom, caring, loving, wants to keep Anita safe, emotional
Lucinda
Anita’s sister, very protective of her family, moves to the US, scared of being taken by El Jefe
Oscar
Anita’s cousin, know it all, kissed Anita, annoying, asks lots of questions
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Sam
son of mr washburn, curious, friendly, from america, handson,
Chucha
house maid, wear nothing but purple, sleeps in coffin,misterous, odd
Mr, Washburn
head of US embassy, part if plan to kill El Jefe, Anita’s neighbor
El Truhillo (El Jefe)
ruler of the SIM, rapest, El Jefe, crazy, power hungry
WHere does the story take place
dominican republic
when does the story take place
1960
Who are the butterflies and what did they do
three sister who got murdered by the SIM and started a secret uprising against the gov
Why did Chucha sleep in a casket
she wants to prepare for the next life
Why does Chucha always wear purple
she made a promise
what object of Carla’s did Anita keep finding around her bedroom
dominican republic eraser
why is Tio Toni hiding
he did some bad stuff and was part of the plan to kill El Jefe
Who are the SIM
Secret Police right hand man for TRUJILLO assassians and do the dirty work for Trujillo
Why does Sam and his family come to live with the de la Torres
so the SIm would leave them alone
Why doesn’t the family trust the aid, Lorena
she went to spy school
How does Anita feel about all of the attention Sam gets at school?
jelous and wants him for herself
Why does Susie Washburn have a fifteenth birthday party instead of a sixteenth birthday party?
15th birthday is very inportant
Who is the surprise guest at Susie’s party?
El Jefe
Who sends flowers to Lucinda after Susie’s party?
flowers El Jefe
What does the saying “No flies fly into a closed mouth” mean?
the less said the better
Why does Mami ask Anita to stop writing in her diary at the beginning of the book?
so the SIM wouldn’t find it
What was the plan for Lucinda after she received flowers?
to go to the United States
What happened when Mr. Washburn got stopped by a police officer and the police officer saw the guns in his trunk?
he waved them pass
Where did the SIM find El Jefe’s body?
in the trunk of Papi’s truck
Who is Anita’s crush at the end of the book?
Oscar
Where does Mundin go after their house is raided?
Italian Embassy
Where do Mami and Anita go into hiding?
Mancini’s house
What are the three rooms that Mami and Anita allowed to use when they are in hiding?
closet bedroom bathroom
Where do Mami and Anita go to when they come to the United States?
NYC
Who do Mami, Anita, and Mundin stay with in the United States right when they arrive?
the grandparents
What does the Queen of Hearts card represent?
love and communicating