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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. According to Pucha in Scene 9, what has changed about ethnic Filipinos?

2. What performer does Perlita emulate in Scene 14?

3. How does Uncle stop Joey from attacking him in Scene 4?

4. In Scene 11, whose accusations does Imelda Marcos deny?

5. Why is Uncle berating Joey in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Daisy and Santos meeting in Scene 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the montage of Scene 15.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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