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Hispanic Heritage

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  1. At the age of 10, I was always banging on boxes and on the window sill of my parents' small apartment in Spanish Harlem—now I'm known as "El Rey", King of Mambo.
    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Desi Arnaz
    Tito Puente
    Luis Valdez
  2. In 1997 I directed a film that chronicled the life of Latin Pop sensation Selena. The film I made the next year was also based on the life of a pop music star—'50s teen idol Frankie Lymon.
    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Buddy Holly
    Gregory Nava
    Edward James Olmos
  3. On Dec. 10, 1898, the treaty confirming the end of the Spanish-American War was signed in this city.
    ¿Dónde sucedió? / Where did it happen?
    Washington D.C.
  4. Jimmy Smits had his first television role on the Miami Vice pilot; however, his first big role was playing a lawyer on L.A. Law.
    ¿Qué año sucedió? / What year was it?
  5. September 16 is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day because "El Grito de Dolores" (the cry of Dolores), the first proclamation declaring independence from Spain, was issued on this date.
    ¿Qué año sucedió? / What year was it?
  6. The event commemorated during Cinco de Mayo might have appeared in headlines around the world as:

    Noticias del día / News of the Day
    Mexican Independence Declared
    Spring Festival anticipates a fruitful planting season
    French Troops fall to Scrappy Mexican Forces
  7. In 1999 I won a record-tying 8 Grammys, including the Album of the Year Award.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Ricky Martin
    Jennifer Lopez
    Carlos Santana
  8. I am widely considered to be one of the deans of Latin American writing -- from fabulous tales of rural Colombian life to volumes of journalistic reportage.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez
    Isabel Allende
    Diego Rivera
  9. My mother, a single parent, worked two jobs to support our young family, so my grandfather often cared for me and my two brothers. He used to call me "siete lengüetas" (seven tongues) because I always talked so much. Later, I raised my voice to aid in the struggle for justice and dignity for America's migrant farm workers.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Caesar Chavez
    Dolores Huerta
    Linda Chavez-Thompson
  10. Many of her paintings are self-portraits dealing with the horror of an accident she suffered as a teenager.
    ¿Qué año sucedió? / What year was it?
    Denise Chavez
    Frida Kahlo
    Julia Alverez
  11. Conjunto music, the folk music style that originated along the Texas-Mexico border, typically featured an accordian, a 12-string guitar and this folk instrument.

    ¿Cuál es correcto? / Which is correct?
    Tambora de rancho
    Bajo de Washtub
  12. From his instrumental role in founding the grassroots El Teatro Campesino in 1965 to his direction of the box office motion picture hit "La Bamba" in 1987, the commitment of this California-born son of migrant farm workers has earned this playwright and film director the title "Father of Chicano Theater."

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Luis Valdez
    Gregory Nava
    Caesar Chavez
  13. In 1980, Fidel Castro, reacting to negative worldwide press, announced that anyone who wanted to leave Cuba should gather in one place. Thousands of Cubans applied to receive exit visas there. They became the first wave of exiles to take advantage of the Mariel Boatlift.

    ¿Dónde sucedió? / Where did it happen?
    Guantanamo Naval Base
    The Bay of Pigs
    The Peruvian embassy
  14. Isabel Allende has gained international acclaim as a powerful storyteller. She was nominated for the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voice Award for her debut novel La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Sprits).

    ¿Qué año sucedió? / What year was it?
  15. Along with my son, I hypothesized that an asteroid struck the earth, sending huge volumes of smoke and debris into the atmosphere -- eventually bringing about the extinction of the dinosaurs.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Luis Alvarez
    Lyndia Villa-Komaroff
    France Anne Córdova
  16. Los Dias de los Muertos — the traditional celebration practiced in Mexico — had its roots in a two-day festival originally practiced by this group.

    ¿Quiénes eran? / Who were they?
    Spanish missionaries
  17. "Remember the Alamo" became the rallying cry for the army of the Republic of Texas in their battle against the forces of Santa Anna. Do you remember what year the Battle of the Alamo occurred?

    ¿Qué año sucedió? / What year was it?
  18. I became the first Latino to hold a statewide office in California in more than 100 years when I was elected lieutenant governor in 1998.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Cruz M. Bustamante
    Julia Alvarez
    Gregory Nava
  19. Known as the "Red Phantom," because I repeatedly avoided capture and even survived my own execution, I was a shoemaker by trade, but a revolutionary by avocation.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?
    Oscar Arias
    Henry Cisneros
    Miguel Mármol
  20. I was one of the foremost poets to come out of Puerto Rico in the first half of the 20h century. Modern critics believe that my poetry anticipated the work of feminist writers and poets as well as that of other Hispanic authors.

    ¿Quién soy yo? / Who am I?

    Isabel Allende
    Julia de Burgos
    Dolores Huerta

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