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. What type of frame for the narrative of the play is introduced in Scene 2?

2. In Scene 10, why is Joey excited about the night's DJ gig?

3. Who does Imelda Marcos congratulate in Scene 11?

4. What do Nestor and Barbara promise about the plot in Scene 2?

5. Who are Nestor Noralez and Barbara Villanueva?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

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

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

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

5. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

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

9. Why does Rio Gonzaga return to Manila in Scene 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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