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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How long does Ignacio plan for his wife's death?
2. What causes Silvestre's deafness?
3. Which of Ignacio's family members is diagnosed with cancer while Ignacio is in college?
4. How many miles does Constancia swim to reach the Cuban coast?
5. As a child, how does Reina feel about her father, Ignacio?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
After their mother's death, Constancia and Reina grew apart from one another as both had different views of their mother. Compare/contrast the childhood of each of the sisters and explain what factors led to the two sisters having a strained and distant relationship into their adulthood.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Constancia has an obsession with the need to stay youthful. Explain how youth becomes one of the driving forces in Constancia's life. Then, use Constancia's childhood at the pig farm to rationalize her desperate need to stay young and beautiful. Does she accomplish this in her lifetime? Why or why not?
This section contains 288 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)