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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 are Nestor Noralez and Barbara Villanueva?

2. Who do Rio and Pucha gossip about in Scene 9?

3. Whose son is Boomboom?

4. What is Chiquiting's job?

5. Which character in Scene 12 refuses to enjoy himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is golfing in Scene 12?

2. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

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

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

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

7. Who do Nestor and Barbara introduce in Scene 2?

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

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

10. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn juxtaposes the capital city of Manila, the stronghold of the Marcoses, with the hinterland of the Philippine mountain areas. The latter is the provenance for the NPA. Write an essay about the juxtaposition of these two settings:

Part 1) How has Manila changed at the beginning of the play? Discuss the changes that the Marcos regime has enacted. What are they modeling their capital city on, and how do the people of the Philippines feel about this development?

Part 2) Describe the mountain regions outside Manila. How are they different from the rest of the settings in Dogeaters? What groups congregate in this region, and what is their relationship to the Marcos regime?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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