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. What is Lopez Lopez's first name?

2. The Navy vessel that Pantoja and the Special Service are allowed to use was used for a mission in Colombia in what year?

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

4. Who finds out they are pregnant in Chapter 5?

5. What has Poncio had people doing in Pantoja's workspace before he arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pantoja visit Huallaga?

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

3. What is Pantoja's job in Iquitos?

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

5. What is Dispatch Number 2?

6. Why does Pantoja put on his uniform in Chapter 10?

7. What does Beltrán want to leave the Army?

8. Why does it take Pantoja and his crew a week to turn the Itaya depot into a suitable work space?

9. How do members of the Army feel about Brother Francisco?

10. What does a supposedly anonymous letter from Sinchi to Panjota say?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explore the author's use of comedy or humor in his novel. What instances of humor do you notice? Why do you think the author wrote his book with this tone in mind? Considering the subject matter, are you surprised by the lightheartedness of the novel as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the way Pantoja's sense of family seems to change throughout the novel. Where do his priorities lie? Describe Pantoja's relationship with his coworkers in the Special Service. What is their dynamic? How does his relationship with his relatives change throughout the novel?

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