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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 does Anita's father say they have to stay?

2. Why does Anita write with a pencil at times?

3. Who is Carla?

4. What color is associated with Chucha?

5. What is one thing Anita's mother asks Anita to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who comes into the classroom and what does the teacher do?

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

3. How do Anita and Mami communicate with Mundo?

4. What are Mami and Anita waiting for and how has Pupo failed the rebels?

5. How does Anita feel when Oscar comes over to play with Sammy?

6. Who is moving in next door, and why is Anita particularly happy about it?

7. What does Anita learn about Chucha?

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

9. Who does Anita see out the bathroom window and what does she think?

10. Describe Chucha and why she is mentioned.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Before We Were Free."

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Before We Were Free." How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Before We Were Free." How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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