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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. What is the occupation of the person Barbara and Nestor interview in Scene 2?

2. What rumor about Daisy Avila surfaces in Scene 10?

3. Who does Romeo claim to be friends with in Scene 6?

4. When did Jean Mallat come to the Philippines?

5. Who do Rio and Pucha gossip about in Scene 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Scene 1, what is imparted to the audience through radio clips?

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

7. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The ruling class of the Philippines in Dogeaters is portrayed as profoundly perverse in its world view. Write an essay about how General Ledesma represents this perversion? How is his entire being in the early scenes a form of deception? What truth do his interactions with both Lolita Luna and Daisy Avila represent about power-holders in a dictatorship?

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