Captain Pantoja and the Special Service Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells the Special Service workers that Brother Francisco is dead?

2. To the tune of what song is the song about the Special Service sung?

3. How old is Olga when she dies?

4. Who does Olga claim to be in Pantoja's dream?

5. Where does Olga's funeral take place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the author's use of written correspondences in the novel. Describe two instances where the author makes use of letters or memos. What purpose do they serve for the reader? Why do you think the author employs so many of them as opposed to writing in traditional narrative style?

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