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 reprimands Pantoja for the way Olga's eulogy was handled?

2. Who informs Pantoja that a prostitute and a sergeant have eloped?

3. What is the name of the newspaper that reports Olga's death?

4. A mayor tries to make Olga's murder look like it was done by whom?

5. Who gives Olga's eulogy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explore the use of names in the book. Consider the names Vargas Llosa gives his characters. Which ones stand out to you the most? Why? Why do you think the author gives his characters such colorful names? What sort of tone do these interesting names add to the book?

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