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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator believes his mother should have known about the murder plot because:
(a) She predicted Santiago's life would end tragically.
(b) She was close to Pedro and Pablo Vicario.
(c) She was a practicing mystic.
(d) She always had news before anyone else in the house.

2. What events foreshadow an unusual evening for the wedding guests?
(a) The narrator's mother does not forsee Santiago's murder.
(b) The narrator's father plays violin, and his sister, the nun, dances.
(c) The narrator and his friends argue.
(d) The bishop's boat comes through town.

3. At the end of the chapter, Santiago is compared to:
(a) A dead man.
(b) A butterfly with no will of its own.
(c) A name among the shadows.
(d) A well-aimed dart.

4. The engagement of Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman was shorter than the norm because:
(a) The town wanted a big wedding.
(b) The groom was extremely urgent about the wedding.
(c) The groom was afraid the bride would change her mind.
(d) The bride's family was afraid the groom would learn the truth.

5. Santiago's house is made out of a former:
(a) Farmhouse.
(b) Parlor.
(c) Warehouse.
(d) Import store.

Short Answer Questions

1. To intimidate Santiago Nasar on the morning of his murder, what does Victoria Guzman do?

2. The Poncio twins lifting their sister by the waist and demanding an answer from her suggests what about her character?

3. Maria Alejandrina Cervantes' house appears to be:

4. Santiago's statement about his own wedding is ironic because:

5. Santiago's departure from his house on the morning of his death was unusual because:

Short Essay Questions

1. The stray bullet that causes so much destruction in the neighbors' houses in Santiago's youth teaches him to be careful with a gun. What irony might this symbolize?

2. The fact that Santiago Nasar never turns on the light in his bedroom, but instead stays in the dark, might symbolize what idea?

3. How does the narrator describe his mother?

4. Describe the Arab community's reaction to Santiago's death.

5. Why do we learn about Bayardo San Roman from the narrator's mother?

6. How do the motifs of selfishness and self-interest affect the events of the chapter.

7. Describe the townspeople's attitudes toward the twins' plans to kill Santiago Nasar.

8. What is suggested by the phrase, "My sister felt the angel pass by?"

9. Describe the twins' apparent attitude toward the murder.

10. The women in the book seem divided in their opinions of the necessity of Santiago's murder. What are their differing opinions?

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