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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How many men in dark glasses are in the Volkswagons?

2. What does Anita learn about their new housekeeper?

3. What is Anita inclined to say about Oscar's comments about the country?

4. What does the teacher tell Anita to do?

5. What is significant about Anita's family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Chucha help Anita and what does Chucha tell her?

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

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

5. What does Anita overhear her father say about the Washburns?

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

7. What does Papi and the Washburns decide to do about Lucinda?

8. What does Papi explain to Anita about Carla when Anita gets home?

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

10. What does Mami say about why the family is staying in the country?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Before We Were Free." Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Before We Were Free." Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of freedom in Before We Were Free. Who is free at the beginning of "Before We Were Free"? Who is free by the end of of the novel? What price was paid for freedom? What types of freedom besides physical freedom are implied?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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