Captain Pantoja and the Special Service Test | 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. At what port does the Special Services' pilot mission take place?

2. What physical condition does Freckle have?

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

4. What is Caiguas' first name?

5. Who refuses to meet with Pantoja after the secret about the Special Service gets out?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mother Leonor having a hard time in Iquitos?

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

3. What is the success level of the Special Service's pilot mission?

4. What is Pantoja's job in Iquitos?

5. What have Poncio and his devotees been working on?

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

7. What preliminary instructions is Pantoja given before leaving for Iquitos?

8. What do Pocha and Alicia spend their time doing?

9. What does Pocha say in a letter to her sister Chichi in Chapter 3?

10. Why does Pantoja begin receiving complaints from military posts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the circular narrative of the ending. Why do you think Pantoja's life goes back to normal in the end? What do you think he has learned from this whole experience? Were you surprised by the ending? What do you think the author is trying to say with this ending?

Essay Topic 2

Explore Pantoja's feelings about sex throughout the novel. How does he seem to feel about sex prior to the formation of the Special Service? How do his views change? What are some examples that show how his views change? What do you think is the significance of his changes views on sex? What is the author trying to say about Pantoja as a character? What might he be saying about sex?

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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