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. What is significant about the day of Scene 12?

2. What type of frame for the narrative of the play is introduced in Scene 2?

3. In Scene 12, what does Alacran press Avila about?

4. Where do Romeo and Trini meet in Scene 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

3. Who is golfing in Scene 12?

4. At the beginning of Scene 10, what do Perlita and Chiquiting gossip about?

5. How does Scene 11 end on an incongruously upbeat note?

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

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

8. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

9. How do Trini and Romeo meet in Scene 6?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrative of Dogeaters is based on actual historical events that took place in Manila, but Jessica Hagedorn intermingles fiction and fact in the play. Write an essay about this intermingling. What elements of the play - characters, settings, events - are factual, and what is dramatic invention? How do the fictional elements serve the historical truth Hagedorn is trying to impart?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Joey Sands. How does his journey over the course of the play lead to his realization that he loves his country? What does his role as the sole witness of the Avila assassination change about his character? Was he initially a progressive individual? What does he discover about himself when forced to leave his home?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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