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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. In what country do Ignacio and Blanca live?
2. What does Constancia sell for a living?
3. How long after moving in with Abelardo does Ducle run away?
4. What is the name of Reina's daughter?
5. What instrument does Ignacio's father, Renaldo, play?
Short Essay Questions
1. What answers does Ignacio finally give to the readers as to his motivations in killing Blanca and lying to his daughters?
2. How do Reinaldo and Soledad Vaerla meet?
3. What is the incident that occurs in 1914 that Ignacio claims changed his father?
4. What role does the hummingbird play in Blanca's death in the Zapatos Swamp?
5. What happens in the minutes before Dulce is arrested at the Habana Libre Hotel?
6. How does the working relationship between Ignacio and Blanca change after she finds out she is pregnant?
7. What happens when Herberto decides to go fishing in Biscayne Bay?
8. How does Silvestre react to seeing Gonzalo in the hospital?
9. How does Reina work her way into the expensive yacht club?
10. Why are Ignacio and Blana in the swamp at the opening of the novel?
Essay Topic 1
There are many theories in the novel as to why Ignacio decided to kill his wife, Blanca. Explain what the various theories about his motivations in the swamp were, and support each theory with the evidence given as to Ignacio's time in the Zapatos Swamp on the fateful night in which Blanca died.
Essay Topic 2
Reina's view of love and sexuality was very strange in romantic relationships. Choose two romantic relationships Reina was a part of and compare/contrast them. What roles does Reina play in the relationships, and to whom does she choose to show affection? How?
Essay Topic 3
Both Aguero sisters, Reina and Constancia, set out to start a new life for themselves in Miami. Compare/contrast the ways that each sister hopes to leave Cuba behind and start fresh in Florida. How do each of these sisters set out to start new lives away from the heavy history of their parents?
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