Dogeaters Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What excuse does Joey give for leaving in Scene 17?

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

3. What character is discussed in the radio report of Scene 11?

4. Whom does Imelda state killed Avila in Scene 10?

5. How does Joey entertain himself in Scene 17?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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