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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 12, what does Alacran press Avila about?

2. At the beginning of Dogeaters, what national event is about to happen in Manila?

3. Who are Nestor Noralez and Barbara Villanueva?

4. What do Nestor and Barbara promise about the plot in Scene 2?

5. What is the cafe of Scene 9 made up to look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the cafe in Scene 9.

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

3. Who is golfing in Scene 12?

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

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

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

7. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

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

9. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dogeaters does not have a clearly defines single protagonists, only characters that are points of entry for audience sympathies. Three characters undergo significant arcs and could serve the role of protagonist. In an essay, discuss the arc of each. What normal existence does each character have at the beginning? How do the events of the play shatter this normalcy? Where does this character end the play? What is his or her catharsis?

Part 1) Joey Sands

Part 2) Daisy Avila

Part 3) Rio

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

The country of the Philippines is the primary character of Dogeaters, and it undergoes many changes as a political climate turns bloody. Write a three part essay about the transition the Philippines undergoes:

Part 1) Describe the Philippines at the beginning of the play. How do the Marcoses rule it, and what is the coal structure like? Discuss how the colonial history of the country has shaped Philippine society.

Part 2) The catalyzing event of Dogeaters is the murder of Senator Avila. Why is Avila murdered? How does the populace respond to the assassination? Discuss if and how Philippine society is changed by this upheaval.

Part 3) Discuss the state of the Philippines at the end of the play. What has changes in the sociopolitical climate, and what is the same as it was before? What cumulative effect did the coup have?

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