Captain Pantoja and the Special Service Test | Final 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 receives a reprimand from his superiors for failing to apprehend Brother Francisco alive and bring him to justice?

2. A radio host tells his listeners about a famous landmark designed by whom?

3. Who tells Pantoja that he should give Olga full exemption from her work in the Special Services?

4. After the Special Service is shut down, who instructs Pantoja, the following evening, to meet with Victoria and Collazos?

5. Olga is murdered after what kind of party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is surprising about Olga's funeral?

2. How does Olga die?

3. What happens to a couple that elopes in Chapter 6?

4. Describe Pantoja's relationship with Olga.

5. Why do Navy members become upset with Pantoja and his operation?

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

7. What does Sinchi say about Pantoja on-air the first time he talks about him?

8. What does a letter to Sinchi from disgruntled citizens say?

9. What does Beltrán want to leave the Army?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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