Dogeaters 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. Why does Avila think he is safe from Marcos' retribution?

2. What is Rio's father's new wife's claim to fame?

3. What does Trini declare herself to be at the end of Scene 6?

4. In Scene 9, why is Rio sad?

5. According to Avila in Scene 12, what part of the Philippine temperament does the country a disservice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

3. In Scene 1, what is imparted to the audience through radio clips?

4. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

5. What role does a real historical figure play in Scene 10?

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

7. How do Trini and Romeo meet in Scene 6?

8. How does Imelda Marcos defend herself in Scene 11?

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

10. What information about Daisy Avila do Nest and Barbara impart in Scene 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ruling class of the Philippines in Dogeaters is portrayed as profoundly perverse in its world view. Write an essay about how General Ledesma represents this perversion? How is his entire being in the early scenes a form of deception? What truth do his interactions with both Lolita Luna and Daisy Avila represent about power-holders in a dictatorship?

Essay Topic 2

The world of Dogeaters is one in which the line between life and death is not a concrete partition. Write a three part essay about characters who return to the land of the living after death. How do they appear in the play? What is the purpose of the return, and how do the other characters interact with the dead one?

Part 1) Mallat

Part 2) Lola

Part 3) Avila

Essay Topic 3

Early in the play, Joey Sands tells Rainer Fassbinder about the term Dogeaters, which was coined by the Americans when they colonized the Philippines. Write an essay about the colonial history of the nation, as portrayed in the play. How do individual characters relate to this history? How are they still coping with its after-effects? What does this say about the legacy of subjugation in general?

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