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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

What is the significance of the formal tone used in Pantoja's communications with his superiors? What are some examples of the formality of Pantoja's tone in his memos? Why do you think the author has his character use this formal tone, especially given the subject matter of sex? What goal is he trying accomplish with his narration?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the way Olga is portrayed through a series of newspaper articles? How is she depicted in these articles? Explore the contradictions around her portrayal? How has Olga been portrayed in the novel prior to the newspaper articles? Does your opinion of her change at all after reading this chapter? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the significance of the religious sect, the Brothers of the Ark. What does the sect seem to represent? What narrative function does the sect serve? How is the sect described throughout the novel? What seems to be the overall tone around the sect? What techniques does the author use to portray the sect? What seems to be the significance of the sacrifices and other violent acts?

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