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. In Scene 14, what is Lolita Luna high on?

2. What did Mallat measure during his time in the Philippines?

3. What is the cafe of Scene 9 made up to look like?

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

5. Why is the Odeon failing in Manila?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Scene 11 end on an incongruously upbeat note?

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

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

5. What do Nestor and Barbara say about Philippines history in Scene 2?

6. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

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

10. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Write an essay about the character of Joey Sands. How does his journey over the course of the play lead to his realization that he loves his country? What does his role as the sole witness of the Avila assassination change about his character? Was he initially a progressive individual? What does he discover about himself when forced to leave his home?

Essay Topic 3

In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn juxtaposes the capital city of Manila, the stronghold of the Marcoses, with the hinterland of the Philippine mountain areas. The latter is the provenance for the NPA. Write an essay about the juxtaposition of these two settings:

Part 1) How has Manila changed at the beginning of the play? Discuss the changes that the Marcos regime has enacted. What are they modeling their capital city on, and how do the people of the Philippines feel about this development?

Part 2) Describe the mountain regions outside Manila. How are they different from the rest of the settings in Dogeaters? What groups congregate in this region, and what is their relationship to the Marcos regime?

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