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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. In what format does Anita write some of her journal entries?
2. How does Anita view El Jefe?
3. What does Chucha do with what Anita gives her?
4. What does Anita decide about men?
5. What does Anita use to communicate with Oscar?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mrs. Mancini's distrust of people turn out to be fortuitous?
2. What does Anita do when she discovers she has begun her first period?
3. What arrives for Lucinda the day after the party, and how does Lucinda feel?
4. What does the teacher tell the students in school the day Lucinda is leaving and how does Anita react?
5. What does Anita decide about men and why?
6. What does Anita discover when she goes into Lucinda's room, and what is Anita's reaction?
7. What happens the night before Lucinda leaves?
8. What do Anita's diary entries for June 3, and June 5, 1961, say?
9. What are Mami and Anita waiting for and how has Pupo failed the rebels?
10. Where do soldiers find El Jefe's body and who do they arrest and what do they say about Papi and Tio Toni?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Often authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Julia Alvarez.
2. What in Alvarez's background may have helped her in writing "Before We Were Free"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his or her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
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