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. Where is the cafe located in Scene 9?

2. What is significant about the day of Scene 12?

3. Who drags Lolita Luna out of Studio 54 in Scene 14?

4. What is the NPA?

5. Which of the following characters is at the sex show in Scene 15?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

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

4. In Scene 9, how does Rio's story about her grandmother reflect the changing Manila?

5. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?

6. In Scene 4, how does Uncle goad Joey?

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

8. How are Tito Alvarez and Lolita Luna greeted at Studio 54 in Scene 14?

9. Why does Rio Gonzaga return to Manila in Scene 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the influence of American culture on the Manila of Dogeaters. Discuss individual examples of appropriated American culture in the city. Which characters have taken on American personas? What do you think America represents to the people of the Philippines at this point in its history?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Daisy Avila. To what extent does she exist in the intersection between the workers and the ruling class? Why is she dangerous to the powers that be? Chart her character arc. How does she transition from uncertainty to certainty about her role in society? Where does she end her journey?

Essay Topic 3

Because the world of Dogeaters is a panorama of many characters, the intersection between high and low society is dramatized in the characters. Write an essay about three strata of Philippine society as dramatized in the play:

Part 1) Discuss the golfing party of Alacran, Ledesma, and Avila. What does this group illustrate about the ruling class in the Philippines? Are they all of a single mind? Where does their power derive from?

Part 2) Discuss the working class in the Philippines as represented by Romeo and Trini. What options are open to these individuals? What limitations do they face? Discuss how the play leaves both of these characters. What does this say about the working class in the Philippines?

Part 3) How do Perlita and Chiquiting represent a sort of intersection between the ruling and the working classes? What connection do they have between both groups? How does this make them the safest and least happy of social groups?

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