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 do Anita and Mami hear on the radio?

2. Why are the adults remonstrating themselves?

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

4. What does Lucinda allow Anita to do that night?

5. Who is Pupo?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Papi and the Washburns decide to do about Lucinda?

3. What does Papi say he wants for his children?

4. What does Anita know about why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

5. How do Anita and Mami communicate with Mundo?

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

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

8. What do Mami and Anita do in hiding?

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

10. What does Anita know about a pill and what does she think about it?

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

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. How do you define loyalty? Is the ability and desire to be loyal an admirable trait in humans? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being loyal to a person? A cause? A country? An idea? What do you think about blind loyalty; that is, what to do think of those who are loyal to something no matter what they learn about that person, thing, ideal, country, etc.

2. Discuss and analyze why you think Mr. Washburn remains loyal to Anita's family. Is it warranted? Wise? Earned? What other instances of loyalty occur in "Before We Were Free"? Is El Jefe's son's loyalty to his father admirable?

3. What other admirable traits besides loyalty are depicted in "Before We Were Free"? Discuss fully two of those traits with specific examples.

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