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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 term does Joey explain in Scene 10?
2. In Scene 1, what has Daisy Avila just won?
3. What performer does Perlita emulate in Scene 14?
4. Who is Lolita Luna rumored to be having an affair with?
5. Where is the cafe located in Scene 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?
2. In Scene 9, how does Rio's story about her grandmother reflect the changing Manila?
3. How do Trini and Romeo meet in Scene 6?
4. How does Scene 11 end on an incongruously upbeat note?
5. How does Pucha treat the waiter in Scene 9?
6. How are Tito Alvarez and Lolita Luna greeted at Studio 54 in Scene 14?
7. Describe the montage of Scene 15.
8. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?
9. Who is golfing in Scene 12?
10. What do Nestor and Barbara say about Philippines history in Scene 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Because the world of Dogeaters is a panorama of many characters, the intersection between high and low society is dramatized in the characters. Write an essay about three strata of Philippine society as dramatized in the play:
Part 1) Discuss the golfing party of Alacran, Ledesma, and Avila. What does this group illustrate about the ruling class in the Philippines? Are they all of a single mind? Where does their power derive from?
Part 2) Discuss the working class in the Philippines as represented by Romeo and Trini. What options are open to these individuals? What limitations do they face? Discuss how the play leaves both of these characters. What does this say about the working class in the Philippines?
Part 3) How do Perlita and Chiquiting represent a sort of intersection between the ruling and the working classes? What connection do they have between both groups? How does this make them the safest and least happy of social groups?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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
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