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 grade is Anita placed in at school in New York?

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

3. What does Anita's mother suggest the men do?

4. Why does Anita's brother make this offer?

5. What does Anita worry about concerning the problem in question 126?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens when Mr. Washburn is driving in traffic?

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

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

8. How do Anita and Mami communicate with Mundo?

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

10. What message from Chucha does Tia Mari give Anita ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Before We Were Free" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? If not, can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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