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

Short Answer Questions

1. In his soliloquy in Scene 16, what does Senator Avila beg his daughter to do?

2. What is Avila on his way to when he is killed at the end of Act I?

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

4. Who is murdered in Scene 7?

5. In Scene 8, what does Ledesma reveal he knows about Daisy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of Dogeaters, Filipinos speak about the rumors of violence by the regime, and over the course of the play these rumors become explicit. Write an essay about the movement of the violence from implicit to explicit over the course of the narrative. What cruelty is rumored at the beginning? What is the first explicit act of violence, and how does violence spread like a virus thereafter?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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