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 11, whose accusations does Imelda Marcos deny?

2. How does Uncle stop Joey from attacking him in Scene 4?

3. In Scene 14, what is Lolita Luna high on?

4. What is the name of Nestor and Barbara's melodrama?

5. What is the name of the club that Pucha and Rio plan to visit in Scene 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lieutenant Carreon skulk off in Scene 12?

2. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

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

4. What role does a real historical figure play in Scene 10?

5. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

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

8. Who is golfing in Scene 12?

9. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the intersection between light entertainment and history in this play. Why does Hagedorn choose a soap opera for the frame of the story? What other light entertainment references and elements appear in the narrative? Thematically, how does this serve historical thesis of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the influence of American culture on the Manila of Dogeaters. Discuss individual examples of appropriated American culture in the city. Which characters have taken on American personas? What do you think America represents to the people of the Philippines at this point in its history?

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