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 is Pucha scandalized in Scene 9?

2. At the end of Scene 14, what does Joey offer Fassbinder?

3. Who are Nestor Noralez and Barbara Villanueva?

4. What is the name of the club that Pucha and Rio plan to visit in Scene 9?

5. Which character is not in attendance at the golf game in Scene 12?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who visits Perlita in Scene 13?

3. How is Romeo killed in Scene 7?

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

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

6. What does Daisy ask of Joey in Scene 14?

7. In what state is Daisy Avila in Scene 16?

8. Describe Daisy's Scene 9 interaction with her dead father.

9. What is revealed about life in Manila at the end of Scene 4?

10. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The world of Manila in Dogeaters is one in which everything and everyone is for sale. In an essay, chart Rainer Fassbinder's experience in the city as an illustration of this. What does Fassbinder buy with his western dollars over the course of the play? Who does he exploit and what does he damage in the process? Discuss how someone like Fassbinder rationalizes this exploitation.

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