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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. Who originated the term Joey explains in Scene 10?

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

3. Who is Senator Avila speaking to in Scene 7?

4. What celebrity has Pucha just seen at the beginning of Scene 9?

5. What does Alacran recommend in Scene 12 after Carreon skulks off?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ledesma assert dominance over Daisy at the end of Scene 8?

2. Describe the action at the beginning of Scene 17.

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

4. What does Trini tell her mother in Scene 12?

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

6. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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