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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. Mando says that robbers do not care about ________________.
2. What does Julio tell Vicky when he picks her up at her house?
3. What is Julio's landlord doing when Julio and the boys return home?
4. The author makes the point that stealing is okay in what circumstances?
5. Who comes to Julio's apartment after the police leave with the robbers?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Dr. Femur and how do Hector and Mando meet him?
2. What reward will Julio and the boys get for catching the robbers and how do they plan to spend it?
3. What qualities and experiences do Hector and Mando have that allow them to survive the encounter with the robbers?
4. What do Hector and Mando do to prevent Freddie and Huey from coming up the stairs to the apartment?
5. How does Julio turn into the stereotype of the typical Latin male?
6. How does Hector react when he hears Freddie's creepy voice on the answering machine?
7. What is the first trick that Hector tries to get rid of Freddie?
8. What favor does Dr. Femur ask of Hector and Mando?
9. What does Dr. Femur represent in the story and what is the author saying about his work on the robbers and then the minimal work on the boys?
10. Why has the author inserted the phone messages from a crazy girlfriend of Julio's former roommate, Rick?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of responsibility. Identify at least two instances about responsibility in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the characters' lives. Where will they be living? Will Julio be married to Vicky? What other changes do your foresee? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Gary Soto is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.
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