Captain Pantoja and the Special Service Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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. Who does not believe Pantoja when he tells his superiors how many men are being serviced by the Special Service each week?

2. How does Pocha describe the women of Loreto?

3. When the reader first meets Brother Francisco in Chapter 1, what is he asking people to do?

4. In what year is the Special Services' pilot mission?

5. Rioalto and Caiguas are noted as having a certain indifference toward what type of people?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Olga die?

2. Why does Panjota feel like his military career is in shambles?

3. How do other officers feel about Pantoja, according to Mendoza?

4. Why are Sinforoso Caiguas and Palominos Rioalto chosen to assist Pantoja and his new operation?

5. How does Maclovia behave during her radio interview with Sinchi?

6. Why did the "House of Iron" fail in the Amazon?

7. What is Pantoja's job in Iquitos?

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

9. Describe the nightmare Pantoja has about the Special Services in Chapter 2.

10. How does Morey try to cover up Olga's murder?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explore the army's motives for keeping Pantoja at arm's length and the repercussions of them treating him like they are ashamed of him. What instances are there of the army keeping Pantoja at a distance? What techniques does the author use to show the reader than Pantoja is being kept at a distance from the army? Why do you think the army is treating Pantoja this way? Do they seem happy with his performance?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the use of foreshadowing in Pocha's letter to her little sister. What does she think is happening with Pantoja? Why does she seem to have this bad feeling? What techniques does the author use to let the reader know this is foreshadowing and not just character development for Pocha? How does her foreshadowing eventually come to fruition?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of excess in the book. Where does the reader see excess in the book? What do the characters in the book seem to be obsessed with? Why do you think people give themselves over to their desires so easily? Why is the setting of the story important to the theme of excess? What does the author seem to be saying about excesses?

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