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

2. When did Jean Mallat come to the Philippines?

3. In Scene 15, what does Leanor Ledesma do as she prays?

4. Whose books is Imelda Marcos said to have banned?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Imelda describe herself at the end of Scene 10?

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

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

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

5. How does Joey steal from Fassbinder in Scene 17?

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

7. How is Joey Sands introduced in Scene 4?

8. What spectral occurrence happens in Scene 1?

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

10. Describe Daisy's Scene 9 interaction with her dead father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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