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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. When was school supposed to start back up again?
2. What is the class preparing to do?
3. How old is Mr. Washburn's son?
4. Why is school not opening on time?
5. What was Tio Tony involved in that makes him a wanted man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Chucha and why she is mentioned.
2. Upon what occasion do the people living in the compound decide to have a party?
3. What do the secret police do and say at the compound, and what worries Anita?
4. What does Papi explain to Anita about Carla when Anita gets home?
5. What do Sam and Anita see at Tio Tony's home and what do they decide to do about it?
6. What do Anita and Chucha see at Toni's house and what does Chucha tell Anita?
7. How does Mami feel about the Washburns living next door and what does she do because of that?
8. Why is Anita spending more time in the bathroom?
9. Who comes into the classroom and what does the teacher do?
10. How do Anita and Carla react to Carla's leaving, and how does Mami comfort them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Before We Were Free."
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea or concept you think may have been a part of the Alvarez's agenda. Analyze that idea as it appears throughout the book and discuss Alvarez's probable agenda concerning that idea.
3. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
4. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
5. Research the life of Julia Alvarez to see if her life may have influenced her writing and, if so, where and how?
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
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Before We Were Free." Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Alvarez chose the symbols she did?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Alvarez chose the metaphors she did?
3. Discuss Alvarez's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Alvarez use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
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