Dreaming in Cuban Test | Final Test - Hard

Cristina Garcia
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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. Who tells Ivanito that vile things will be said to him/her in Russia?

2. What does Felicia's family fear about her sudden peacefulness?

3. What does Celia tell Gustavo hurts her about Lourdes?

4. Who betrays Celia by revealing her involvement in politics?

5. What does Felicia sell in her new job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Herminia's father, a santera, use to answer his godchild's question?

2. What academic activity does Celia say Javier has been involved with?

3. What helps Pilar's life begin in Imagining Winter: A Matrix Light?

4. How does Lourdes respond to Pilar, when she wants to talk about her grandmother?

5. How does Felicia support Herminia when her son dies?

6. How does Lourdes infuriate Pilar in Imagining Winter: A Matrix Light?

7. How does Lourdes lose so much weight in Imagining Winter: A Matrix Light?

8. Why does Lourdes suggest Pilar move to Russia?

9. What does Pilar believe will help her understand Celia's sadness?

10. What does Celia wonder about her relationship with Gustavo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the characters in Dreaming in Cuban thrive in the face of conflict? Choose one character and describe how he or she uses conflict to improve his or her life.

Essay Topic 2

Pilar has a strong, psychic connection with her grandmother, Celia, as well as a unique ability to recall details of her life. Yet, Pilar's identity is weak. Why might Pilar have a weak sense of identity? What role do her family members play in shaping her identity? How might her experience leaving home help strengthen her identity?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Lourdes overeat at the beginning of the novel? Why might Lourdes later feel a sudden need to be empty? What does Lourdes's weight represent in the novel?

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