Dogeaters Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Scene 1, what has Daisy Avila just won?

2. What Lolita Luna movie is playing in Scene 6?

3. What is Senator Avila pressing the government for?

4. How does Perlita help Joey in Scene 10?

5. How does Uncle stop Joey from attacking him in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joey relate to Fassbinder in Scene 17?

2. Describe the assassination of Senator Avila at the end of Act I.

3. How is Daisy interrogated in Scene 8?

4. What is Daisy Avila doing when she is arrested in Scene 4?

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

6. What does Imelda Marcos say about the assassination in Scene 10?

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

8. What state is Joey in in Scene 11?

9. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

10. How does Pucha treat the waiter in Scene 9?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the world of Studio 54 and its ambiguous relationship to the zeitgeist of Manila. Describe the world that Perlita has created. How does it reflect a progressive attitude that is anathema to the Marcos platform? Why is the club valued by Imelda Marcos and her people? In the end, how does the club allow Perlita and Chiquiting to pass between two worlds?

Essay Topic 2

The narrative of Dogeaters is based on actual historical events that took place in Manila, but Jessica Hagedorn intermingles fiction and fact in the play. Write an essay about this intermingling. What elements of the play - characters, settings, events - are factual, and what is dramatic invention? How do the fictional elements serve the historical truth Hagedorn is trying to impart?

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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