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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. In Scene 11, what does Imelda promise about her film festival?
2. What is Senator Avila pressing the government for?
3. How does Uncle stop Joey from attacking him in Scene 4?
4. What is the name of Nestor and Barbara's melodrama?
5. In Scene 14, what is Lolita Luna high on?
Short Essay Questions
1. At the beginning of Scene 10, what do Perlita and Chiquiting gossip about?
2. Describe the speech that Avila delivers in Scene 7.
3. What role does a real historical figure play in Scene 10?
4. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.
5. Describe the montage of Scene 15.
6. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?
7. Why does Lieutenant Carreon skulk off in Scene 12?
8. How does Pucha treat the waiter in Scene 9?
9. Who is golfing in Scene 12?
10. How do Trini and Romeo meet in Scene 6?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the character of Rio and how she is a surrogate. What similarities exist between Jessica Hagedorn's biography and Rio's? How is the audience's understanding of the situation in the Philippines also similar to Rio's? In what ways does Rio ask the questions of Philippine society that we too would ask?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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