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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. What is the NPA?

2. What type of frame for the narrative of the play is introduced in Scene 2?

3. Whose son is Boomboom?

4. Who is Chiquiting excitedly showing off in Scene 14?

5. Why is Senator Avila out of place in Scene 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lieutenant Carreon skulk off in Scene 12?

2. What state is Joey in when he enters in Scene 10?

3. Describe the speech that Avila delivers in Scene 7.

4. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

5. Describe the party at the beginning of Scene 14.

6. How does Senator Avila relate to his right-wing counterparts in Scene 12?

7. Who do Nestor and Barbara introduce in Scene 2?

8. Who is golfing in Scene 12?

9. What does Rio think about the Manila she has returned to?

10. What is peculiar about the tryst between Trini and Romeo in Scene 15?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Manila of Dogeaters, dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda rely on the use of entertainment to pacify dissent and codify their power. Write a three part essay about the way the Marcoses use entertainment to consolidate power:

Part 1) Discuss the purpose of Imelda Marcoses film festival. How does the first lady characterize this festival? What are her aspirations, and how does the populace react to the arrival of stars and auteurs?

Part 2) Discuss the characters of Tito Alvarez and Lolita Luna. What are their entertainment personas and how do these personas dovetail with the Marcos aesthetic? How do these movie stars become entwined in the political?

Part 3) In summation, explore the way Imelda Marcos interacts with the media in the play. What image does the first lady want to project to her people, and how does she use the radio/television interview to do this?

Essay Topic 2

Dogeaters is a sweeping narrative, and it is a play, allowing it many devices to impart information. Write an essay about the use of dramatic devices to impart information to the audience/reader:

Part 1) Discuss the framing device of the play. What is the function of Barbara and Nestor, both as individuals and as devices in the plot? How does the radio drama alter the tone of the play?

Part 2) Write an analysis of the sexual montage that occurs near the end of Act I. Which characters in the play are involved? Do any of them enjoy themselves? How does Hagedorn interweave the different sexual encounters?

Part 3) Discuss the use of monologue in the play. When characters speak directly to the audience, what do they impart? Are they covering narrative, adding emotional nuance, or both? Does the monologue affect the flow of the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

The role of coupling in Dogeaters is more ambiguous than in many other narratives. Write an essay about three couplings. How do these two characters find each other? What do they have to gain from each other? To what extent is the relationship based more on deception or power than it is on love? How does the relationship end?

Part 1) Romeo and Trini.

Part 2) Fassbinder and Joey.

Part 3) Lolita and Ledesma.

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