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 the teacher tell the students at school?

2. Why is Lucinda frightened?

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

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

5. Why do the children go to their new school in the consul's car ?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are arrested in town and why?

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

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

4. How does Mrs. Mancini's distrust of people turn out to be fortuitous?

5. What do Mami and Anita do in hiding?

6. How do Anita and Mami communicate with Mundo?

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

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

9. What does Anita decide about men and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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