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. In Scene 9, Senator Avila's ghost tells Daisy she must have what?

2. How does Imelda characterize herself at the end of her Scene 10 interview?

3. What is Lolita worried about in Scene 6?

4. Who does Joey first tell about witnessing the assassination?

5. Why is Daisy Avila ill in Scene 16?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Joey relate to Fassbinder in Scene 17?

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

4. What does Imelda Marcos say about the assassination in Scene 10?

5. Why is Lolita Luna worried in Scene 6?

6. Describe Daisy's Scene 9 interaction with her dead father.

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

8. How is Romeo killed in Scene 7?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of coupling in Dogeaters is more ambiguous than in many other narratives. Write an essay about three couplings. How do these two characters find each other? What do they have to gain from each other? To what extent is the relationship based more on deception or power than it is on love? How does the relationship end?

Part 1) Romeo and Trini.

Part 2) Fassbinder and Joey.

Part 3) Lolita and Ledesma.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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