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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 Carla and Anita find difficult?

2. What are Carla and her siblings allowed to take?

3. How does Anita feel when Sammy has someone visit him?

4. What is decided about Susie's birthday?

5. What is one thing Anita learns about their country's leader?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Anita and Carla react to Carla's leaving, and how does Mami comfort them?

2. What do the secret police do and say at the compound, and what worries Anita?

3. How does Anita's mother talk to her for the first time?

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

5. What does Anita realize about Sam as she writes in her diary?

6. How does Anita begin to see their leader in a different light?

7. Why do parents not like their daughters to go out in public places?

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

9. Why does Anita's mother send Anita to Tio Toni's home on her way to the party?

10. What are Carla and her siblings told to do when they get home, and what does Carla do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Anita and Lucinda. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare and contrast the characters of Sam and Oscar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded person?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Before We Were Free" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book's plot is principally either character driven plot or action driven, although some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs when it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Before We Were Free " has? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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