Captain Pantoja and the Special Service Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why is Captain Pantoja being relocated in Chapter 1?

Captain Pantoja is relocating because he has recently been promoted to captain. With this new promotion come new orders in a new location.

2. Where does Pantoja's family hope he relocates?

When the Pantoja family relocates, Pochita would like to go to Lima, the capital city of Peru. Mother Leonor, on the other hand, would prefer to return to Chiclayo.

3. What is the issue that Pantoja is being sent to the small city of Iquitos to handle?

Pantoja is being sent to Iquitos to handle a problem with soldiers assigned to details in the Amazon jungle raping the local women. Old women, as well as younger women, have been raped by the soldiers, and local Amazon District government organizations are up in arms over the situation. Civil authorities are demanding that the Army take immediate action to resolve the matter.

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