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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 do the men in the Volkwagons want?

2. What doesn't feel right to some of the students?

3. Why is Anita upset with Sammy when she isn't invited?

4. What does Chucha tell the children to pretend?

5. Who is Mr. Washburn?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do soldiers find El Jefe's body and who do they arrest and what do they say about Papi and Tio Toni?

2. What happens the night before Lucinda leaves?

3. What do Anita and Chucha see at Toni's house and what does Chucha tell Anita?

4. Upon what occasion do the people living in the compound decide to have a party?

5. What does the teacher tell the students in school the day Lucinda is leaving and how does Anita react?

6. What does Anita do when she discovers she has begun her first period?

7. Where is Anita at the opening of the story, and what is she doing?

8. Why does Anita use a pencil in her journal?

9. Describe Chucha and why she is mentioned.

10. What does Anita realize when she writes in her diary?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable? Why or why not? If yes, which ones?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Before We Were Free?" How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "Before We Were Free," including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Before We Were Free" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of "Before We Were Free," Anita grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Anita as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Anita?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Anita's growth throughout "Before We Were Free," do you think "Before We Were Free" could be considered Anita's coming-of-age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Before We Were Free" who go through a coming-of-age experience? If yes, who and why do you think so?

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