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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. While they have sex in Scene 15, what does Romeo accidentally call Trini?

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

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

4. At the end of Scene 5, what do the narrators say Santos Triador is always doing?

5. Which U.S. president colonized the Philippines?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

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

3. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

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

7. What does Senator Avila tell Daisy in his soliloquy in Scene 16?

8. How does Uncle betray Joey in Scene 4?

9. What does Rio tell Perlita and Chiquiting in Scene 13?

10. What do the NPA guerrillas feel about Joey in Scene 11?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The country of the Philippines is the primary character of Dogeaters, and it undergoes many changes as a political climate turns bloody. Write a three part essay about the transition the Philippines undergoes:

Part 1) Describe the Philippines at the beginning of the play. How do the Marcoses rule it, and what is the coal structure like? Discuss how the colonial history of the country has shaped Philippine society.

Part 2) The catalyzing event of Dogeaters is the murder of Senator Avila. Why is Avila murdered? How does the populace respond to the assassination? Discuss if and how Philippine society is changed by this upheaval.

Part 3) Discuss the state of the Philippines at the end of the play. What has changes in the sociopolitical climate, and what is the same as it was before? What cumulative effect did the coup have?

Essay Topic 2

Dogeaters does not have a clearly defines single protagonists, only characters that are points of entry for audience sympathies. Three characters undergo significant arcs and could serve the role of protagonist. In an essay, discuss the arc of each. What normal existence does each character have at the beginning? How do the events of the play shatter this normalcy? Where does this character end the play? What is his or her catharsis?

Part 1) Joey Sands

Part 2) Daisy Avila

Part 3) Rio

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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