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

2. What does Alacran recommend in Scene 12 after Carreon skulks off?

3. Why is Pucha scandalized in Scene 9?

4. Where do Romeo and Trini meet in Scene 6?

5. What is the NPA?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

4. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

6. What state is Joey in when he enters in Scene 10?

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

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

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

10. How does Senator Avila relate to his right-wing counterparts in Scene 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of coupling in Dogeaters is more ambiguous than in many other narratives. Write an essay about three couplings. How do these two characters find each other? What do they have to gain from each other? To what extent is the relationship based more on deception or power than it is on love? How does the relationship end?

Part 1) Romeo and Trini.

Part 2) Fassbinder and Joey.

Part 3) Lolita and Ledesma.

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

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?

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