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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 describes San Roman as:
(a) Confident and enthusiastic.
(b) Tense and sad.
(c) Mysterious and evil.
(d) Jubilant and handsome.

2. Pura Vicario knows bad news is coming because of what?
(a) Three slow knocks on the door.
(b) Drunkards singing outside.
(c) Devastation of the wedding party.
(d) Paleness of her daughter.

3. The narrator believes Angela Vicario has always exhibited:
(a) A poverty of morals and a reckless nature.
(b) A weakness of spirit and an air of helplessness.
(c) A boldness unbecoming to a lady.
(d) A desperation men found stifling.

4. Santiago objects to Victoria's actions toward the rabbits because:
(a) He does not believe in killing defenseless animals.
(b) He believes they are as precious as human beings.
(c) She guts them savagely and feeds the guts to the dogs.
(d) She wastes the meat instead of cooking it.

5. The twins did not try to convince Angela to marry Bayardo San Roman because:
(a) They said it looked to them like women problems.
(b) They felt it was a matter of her honor.
(c) They thought women should be allowed to make up their own minds.
(d) They were not convinced the wedding would take place.

Short Answer Questions

1. The widower Xius' house and his possessions are symbolic of what?

2. Who persuades the twins to wait until after the bishop's visit to kill Santiago?

3. Santiago's mood as he leaves his home for the last time is described as:

4. Victoria Guzman has reason to distrust Santiago because:

5. Maria Alejandrina Cervantes' house appears to be:

Short Essay Questions

1. The contrasting motifs of youth and old age suggest what about the characters' values?

2. What do the conflicting descriptions of Bayardo San Roman suggest?

3. After the murder, how do people feel about the twins' actions?

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

5. The fact that people are simultaneously celebrating the bishop's visit and condemning Santiago Nasar to death suggests what about the town and its beliefs?

6. 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?

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

8. What purpose do the dreams in the chapter serve?

9. What birth images or references appear in the chapter to contrast Santiago's death?

10. The narrator's brother seems to foretell Santiago's death as well. Why is this significant?

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