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 9, why is Rio sad?

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

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

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

5. What performer does Perlita emulate in Scene 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?

10. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Daisy Avila. To what extent does she exist in the intersection between the workers and the ruling class? Why is she dangerous to the powers that be? Chart her character arc. How does she transition from uncertainty to certainty about her role in society? Where does she end her journey?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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