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 small chance Anita and Mami comes and goes?

2. What does Chucha tell Anita it is time to do?

3. Who is/are arrested?

4. What does Tio Pepe give to Anita when he visits?

5. What does Anita's brother offer to do in the afternoon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are arrested in town and why?

3. What does Anita decide about men and why?

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

5. What does Anita learn about Chucha?

6. What arrives for Lucinda the day after the party, and how does Lucinda feel?

7. Who does Mami call for help, and what does Mr. Mancini tell Anita and Mami to do?

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

9. What does the teacher tell the students in school the day Lucinda is leaving and how does Anita react?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Anita and Lucinda. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare and contrast the characters of Sam and Oscar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded person?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Before We Were Free" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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