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

2. What does Chucha often see in her dreams?

3. What makes Anita think more?

4. What worries Anita?

5. Where are the children allowed off the compound?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Sam and Anita see at Tio Tony's home and what do they decide to do about it?

2. How does Mami feel about the Washburns living next door and what does she do because of that?

3. Why is Anita spending more time in the bathroom?

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

5. How does Mrs. Mancini's distrust of people turn out to be fortuitous?

6. What message from Chucha does Tia Mari give Anita ?

7. What do the children do after the American school is closed and how do they get to school?

8. What does Anita discover when she goes into Lucinda's room, and what is Anita's reaction?

9. What happens the night before Lucinda leaves?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, perhaps a majority of novels, end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Before We Were Free "and whether or not it fulfills all three, two, or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Before We Were Free" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction (no matter how poorly written) enlighten, teach, or stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Before We Were Free" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? If not, can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of the reader? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Before We Were Free" help a reader know himself or herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Before We Were Free"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Before We Were Free." Discuss one of the character's responses and compare it to how you think you would respond in the same situation.

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