Dogeaters Test | Final 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. What periodical does Jacob work for?

2. Who is the only witness to Avila's murder in Scene 17?

3. What does Rio rail against at the end of Scene 1?

4. At the end of Scene 8, what is in the picture that Ledesma shows Daisy?

5. Who betrays Joey in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fassbinder show himself to be disingenuous in Scene 17?

2. What is revealed about life in Manila at the end of Scene 4?

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

4. What spectral occurrence happens in Scene 1?

5. How is Romeo killed in Scene 7?

6. How does Imelda Marcos foil Bob Stone's planned interview in Scene 10?

7. Describe the action at the beginning of Scene 17.

8. How is Joey connected to the assassination?

9. In what state is Daisy Avila in Scene 16?

10. Describe the assassination of Senator Avila at the end of Act I.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dogeaters is a sweeping narrative, and it is a play, allowing it many devices to impart information. Write an essay about the use of dramatic devices to impart information to the audience/reader:

Part 1) Discuss the framing device of the play. What is the function of Barbara and Nestor, both as individuals and as devices in the plot? How does the radio drama alter the tone of the play?

Part 2) Write an analysis of the sexual montage that occurs near the end of Act I. Which characters in the play are involved? Do any of them enjoy themselves? How does Hagedorn interweave the different sexual encounters?

Part 3) Discuss the use of monologue in the play. When characters speak directly to the audience, what do they impart? Are they covering narrative, adding emotional nuance, or both? Does the monologue affect the flow of the narrative?

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

The world of Dogeaters is one in which the line between life and death is not a concrete partition. Write a three part essay about characters who return to the land of the living after death. How do they appear in the play? What is the purpose of the return, and how do the other characters interact with the dead one?

Part 1) Mallat

Part 2) Lola

Part 3) Avila

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