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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 the owner of Studio 54?

2. At the beginning of Dogeaters, who does the announcer say has just met with the Marcoses?

3. What celebrity has Pucha just seen at the beginning of Scene 9?

4. What is the occupation of the person Barbara and Nestor interview in Scene 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Senator Avila relate to his right-wing counterparts in Scene 12?

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

3. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

4. How does Pucha treat the waiter in Scene 9?

5. Why does Chiquiting become annoyed in Scene 14?

6. What is peculiar about the tryst between Trini and Romeo in Scene 15?

7. What do Nestor and Barbara say about Philippines history in Scene 2?

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

9. Describe the speech that Avila delivers in Scene 7.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Manila of Dogeaters, dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda rely on the use of entertainment to pacify dissent and codify their power. Write a three part essay about the way the Marcoses use entertainment to consolidate power:

Part 1) Discuss the purpose of Imelda Marcoses film festival. How does the first lady characterize this festival? What are her aspirations, and how does the populace react to the arrival of stars and auteurs?

Part 2) Discuss the characters of Tito Alvarez and Lolita Luna. What are their entertainment personas and how do these personas dovetail with the Marcos aesthetic? How do these movie stars become entwined in the political?

Part 3) In summation, explore the way Imelda Marcos interacts with the media in the play. What image does the first lady want to project to her people, and how does she use the radio/television interview to do this?

Essay Topic 2

The world of Manila in Dogeaters is one in which everything and everyone is for sale. In an essay, chart Rainer Fassbinder's experience in the city as an illustration of this. What does Fassbinder buy with his western dollars over the course of the play? Who does he exploit and what does he damage in the process? Discuss how someone like Fassbinder rationalizes this exploitation.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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