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 does Daisy Avila continuously call for in Scene 16?

2. In Scene 10, what does Imelda say of her detractors?

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

4. Who is murdered in Scene 7?

5. What is Rio doing at the beginning of Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Uncle betray Joey in Scene 4?

2. How is Joey connected to the assassination?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Lolita Luna worried in Scene 6?

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

10. How is Romeo killed in Scene 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Rio and how she is a surrogate. What similarities exist between Jessica Hagedorn's biography and Rio's? How is the audience's understanding of the situation in the Philippines also similar to Rio's? In what ways does Rio ask the questions of Philippine society that we too would ask?

Essay Topic 2

Early in the play, Joey Sands tells Rainer Fassbinder about the term Dogeaters, which was coined by the Americans when they colonized the Philippines. Write an essay about the colonial history of the nation, as portrayed in the play. How do individual characters relate to this history? How are they still coping with its after-effects? What does this say about the legacy of subjugation in general?

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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