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. Why does Alacran chastise Chiquiting in Scene 10?

2. In Scene 11, what does Imelda promise about her film festival?

3. In Scene 10, what has Imelda Marcos accused of doing regarding her Film Center construction workers?

4. What is Senator Avila pressing the government for?

5. Who did Fassbinder dance with all night at the ball?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

5. How does Imelda Marcos defend herself in Scene 11?

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

7. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

8. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Rio and how she is a surrogate. What similarities exist between Jessica Hagedorn's biography and Rio's? How is the audience's understanding of the situation in the Philippines also similar to Rio's? In what ways does Rio ask the questions of Philippine society that we too would ask?

Essay Topic 2

The character of Imelda Marcos in Dogeaters is an amalgamation of the associations held internationally about the historic figure. Write an essay analyzing the character of Imelda Marcos. What image does Imelda want to impart to her people? What narrative does she tell about herself? Discuss how her actions belie the falsehood of her personal narrative.

Essay Topic 3

Early in the play, Joey Sands tells Rainer Fassbinder about the term Dogeaters, which was coined by the Americans when they colonized the Philippines. Write an essay about the colonial history of the nation, as portrayed in the play. How do individual characters relate to this history? How are they still coping with its after-effects? What does this say about the legacy of subjugation in general?

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