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 Fassbinder refuse to do for Joey in Scene 17?

2. What is Lolita worried about in Scene 6?

3. What does Imelda say about Daisy Avila in Scene 10?

4. Why is Joey ill in Scene 11?

5. How does Joey kill Uncle in Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do the NPA guerrillas feel about Joey in Scene 11?

8. How does Uncle betray Joey in Scene 4?

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

10. How does Imelda describe herself at the end of Scene 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 character of Imelda Marcos in Dogeaters is an amalgamation of the associations held internationally about the historic figure. Write an essay analyzing the character of Imelda Marcos. What image does Imelda want to impart to her people? What narrative does she tell about herself? Discuss how her actions belie the falsehood of her personal narrative.

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