Chronicle of a Death Foretold Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. The engagement of Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman was shorter than the norm because:

2. Ironically, the Vicario brothers were engaged in what activity when they were called home?

3. Angela's father sits amidst the confusion of the wedding helpless and blind, which suggests:

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

5. Another event that adds to the mystery of Bayardo San Roman is that:

Short Essay Questions

1. Underneath the "proper" appearances of the characters in this chapter, many ugly truths lie. What does this suggest about the townspeople?

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

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

5. What is suggested by the mention of starch in relation to Santiago and Poncio Vicario? Santiago cannot stand starch in his clothes, while Poncio Vicario's shirt is so heavily starched it stands up by itself.

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. What do Santiago's regal bearing and wiping the dirt off of his clothes in his final moments suggest?

8. What might Poncio Vicario's blindness suggest about him?

9. What might be the author's purpose in saving the details of the murder for the last chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the contrasting ideas of religion and superstition in the novel. What themes are suggested by these two contrasting ideas? How do both ideas contribute to a larger message?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motif of whiteness in the novel. In what situations is the color white emphasized, and which of its connotations contributes to a theme in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The setting of the novel is often described merely as "Caribbean." What connotations or associations with the word "Caribbean" might readers have that affect their understanding of the novels events? How does the author use these connotations to explain, justify, or clarify the events and themes of the novel?

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