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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. Pura Vicario's silent beating of her daughter suggests:

2. What does Luisa Santiaga learn on her way to warn Placida Linero about the murder plot?

3. The weather on the day of Santiago's death is described by the townspeople as:

4. The twins did not try to convince Angela to marry Bayardo San Roman because:

5. Clotilde Armenta allowed the twins to wait for Santiago in:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the difference between the opinions of Santiago Nasar's equals and those of the class below him.

2. Describe Santiago Nasar.

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

4. What is significant about those who claim it was raining on the morning of the murder, and those who claim it was not?

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. Most of the characters affected negatively by Santiago Nasar's death were whom?

7. What does the magistrate's note, "fatality makes us invisible," imply?

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

9. Why does the priest suggest that the autopsy killed Santiago all over again?

10. What is ironic about the chest of letters Flora Miguel returns to Santiago Nasar.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the author's use of irony in the novel. In an essay, describe the author's intent in using irony to develop the events of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Leonard F. Peltier said, "Innocence is the weakest defense. Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, "I didn't do it." Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Peltier's statement in relation to Garcia Marquez' novel.

Essay Topic 3

The narrator uses both showing and telling to reveal the details of the story. Write an essay in which evaluate the use of showing and telling in the novel, determining which of the two is most influential in communicating Garcia Marquez' ideas.

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