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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What instrument does Ignacio's mother play?
(a) The flute.
(b) The oboe.
(c) The clarinet.
(d) The trumpet.
2. During what decade does the Prologue take place?
3. How long after Blanca's death does Ignacio die?
(a) Two hours.
(b) Two years.
(c) Two days.
(d) Two months.
4. What do Constancia's relatives tell her about Gonzalo Cruz while at the family funeral?
(a) That Gonzalo is dying.
(b) That Gonzalo is getting divorced.
(c) That Gonzalo has just won the lottery.
(d) That Gonzalo has gone bankrupt.
5. What is the relationship between Ignacio and Blanca Aguero?
(a) They are married.
(b) They are a father-daughter team.
(c) They are cousins.
(d) They are siblings.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many volumes of books does Reina keep in her apartment?
2. During the Bay of Pigs fight, where is Gonzalo shot?
3. As an adult, where does Reina deposit her father's shotgun?
4. Which animal does Ignacio claim is his favorite when asked by Dr. Forrest?
5. What illness strikes Reinaldo Aguero in the winter of 1914?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Constancia react to the birth of her sister, Reina?
2. What attracts Ignacio to Blanca when they first meet in school?
3. What theory does Pepin Beltrán have about Reina's insomnia?
4. Why are Ignacio and Blana in the swamp at the opening of the novel?
5. While working on an old car, what does Reina overhear about the exiles in Cuba?
6. In the second retelling of the final night in Zapatos Swamp, what does Ignacio remember about the moment when he shot his wife?
7. How does Ignacio react to the news that his wife, Blanca, has gone missing?
8. What does Constancia discover when she finds the small copper box in her father's old shed in Cuba?
9. What answers does Ignacio finally give to the readers as to his motivations in killing Blanca and lying to his daughters?
10. What role does the hummingbird play in Blanca's death in the Zapatos Swamp?
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