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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Soledad attempt to throw at the bird she sees through the window?
2. What do Ignacio and Blanco do for a living?
3. In what country do Ignacio and Blanca live?
4. What instrument does Ignacio's father, Renaldo, play?
5. Where does Reina spend most of her time while recovering from her injuries?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Renaldo Aguero well respected in his community?
2. How does Constancia treat Herberto's dead body?
3. What answers does Ignacio finally give to the readers as to his motivations in killing Blanca and lying to his daughters?
4. What happens when Reina attempts to move the last water pump in La Cobre?
5. What does the santero advise Constancia to do before heading back to Cuba in search of the truth?
6. What question does Dr. Samuel Forrest ask Ignacio during his job interview that ultimately earns him the job?
7. What theory does Pepin Beltrán have about Reina's insomnia?
8. What attracts Ignacio to Blanca when they first meet in school?
9. Who is Evaristo Leal, and why does he show up on Constancia's doorstep?
10. How does Ignacio's father die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The mystery surrounding Reina's true father is one of the greatest mysteries in the novel. Explain why Reina does not believe Ignacio is her natural birth father, and what evidence shows up during the course of the novel to support or discount her claims. Then explain what conclusion Reina finally comes to about her patronage at the end of the novel, and why.
Essay Topic 2
Money seems to be the one driving force in Dulce Aguero's life. Explain what Dulce's life was like while she was living in Cuba and why the prostitution jobs she took seemed necessary. Then, explain how Dulce's quest for financial stability affected the romantic relationships in her life.
Essay Topic 3
Family history haunting you is one of the strongest themes in the novel, and is perhaps best exemplified by the relationship between Silvestre and his father, Gonzalo. Explain the relationship Silvestre had with his father and how the acts that took place on Gonzalo's deathbed symbolize Silvestre's fear of family history.
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