Before We Were Free Test | Final 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. What does Anita realize the next morning?

2. What do Lucinda's family members and Susie tell Lucinda?

3. Why are so many people arrested?

4. What small chance Anita and Mami comes and goes?

5. What happens when a car rams the Washburns car in traffic?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anita write about their rescue from the compound?

2. What does Anita do when she discovers she has begun her first period?

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

4. What does Anita learn about Chucha?

5. What does Anita decide about men and why?

6. What does Anita overhear her father and other men talking about concerning Trujillo, and what does Anita's mother say to the men?

7. Why can't Anita stay with Lucinda until Lucinda leaves?

8. What do Anita's diary entries for June 3, and June 5, 1961, say?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable? Why or why not? If yes, which ones?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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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