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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 old is Mr. Washburn's son?

2. Who have gathered at Tio Tony's house on the night of the party?

3. With whom does Anita talk after going to her uncle's house?

4. Where does Lucinda take Anita to talk to her?

5. Why do the teacher and the two visitors step into the hallway?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Chucha reply when Anita asks about seeing her cousins again, and how does Anita feel about the answer?

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

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

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

8. What does Papi say when he returns from work?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot? Define any elements that you list. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Before We Were Free," identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot or the various elements? Why or why not?

3. Identify the major sub-plots in "Before We Were Free," identifying their various elements. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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