Aztec Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gary Jennings
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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 Mixtli notice about Zyanya and Beu Ribe's blouses?

2. What is distinct about the man who stops Mixtli on his naming day and asks to read his fortune?

3. What does the cacao-colored man advise Mixtli to do after he visits the zoo?

4. After the battle, what is Mixtli asked to do by Reverend Speaker?

5. What overwhelms Mixtli about the boat that takes him to Texcoco ?

Short Essay Questions

1. What particular product, used by a doctor to try to save Slave Ten's life, does Mixtli find so interesting?

2. Who is the cacao-colored man who often wanders the streets?

3. What prediction does a stranger, who is sitting on a bench, make about Mixtli's future shortly after his renaming ceremony?

4. According to Blood Glutton, how can Mixtli still achieve a flowery death if he cannot be victorious in battle?

5. What happens to Cozcatl when Mixtli is at the human zoo?

6. After the Bishop writes down Mixtli's tale of going to the court of Texcoco, what commentary does he add?

7. Why does Mixtli plot to get Tlatli and Chimáli into trouble?

8. According to legend, which god is said to return with the Toltec people?

9. What does Mixtli do to the tapestry, made by his rival Chimali, when he sees it in a foreign ruler's court?

10. Why doesn't Mixtli have sex with the female slave that all of the young men from his hometown hire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Mixtli's journey to and interaction with the Raramuri people represent one of the central themes of the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how an act or element of nature that is used in the novel to aid in either plot OR character development. Make sure to address at least 3 literary devices that Jennings uses as well as direct quotations from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Complete a character analysis of Tzitzi, making sure to analyze specifically how and what her character contributes to other characters in the book.

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