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 are Joey and Fassbinder doing at the beginning of Scene 17?

2. Who emerges from the confessional in Scene 4?

3. Who shoots Senator Avila?

4. What does Fassbinder refuse to do for Joey in Scene 17?

5. What does Imelda say about her childhood in Scene 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. What spectral occurrence happens in Scene 1?

2. What does Senator Avila tell Daisy in his soliloquy in Scene 16?

3. How does Ledesma assert dominance over Daisy at the end of Scene 8?

4. How does Rio react to news of the assassination in Scene 1?

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

6. How is Daisy interrogated in Scene 8?

7. Why is Lolita Luna worried in Scene 6?

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

9. How does Perlita save Joey's life in Scene 5?

10. How does Uncle betray Joey in Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn juxtaposes the capital city of Manila, the stronghold of the Marcoses, with the hinterland of the Philippine mountain areas. The latter is the provenance for the NPA. Write an essay about the juxtaposition of these two settings:

Part 1) How has Manila changed at the beginning of the play? Discuss the changes that the Marcos regime has enacted. What are they modeling their capital city on, and how do the people of the Philippines feel about this development?

Part 2) Describe the mountain regions outside Manila. How are they different from the rest of the settings in Dogeaters? What groups congregate in this region, and what is their relationship to the Marcos regime?

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

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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