Drown Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Junot Díaz
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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 is the name of the boy's uncle?

2. What were Yunior and Beto robbing when security caught them?

3. What time of the year do the two boys visit their uncle?

4. What does Ysrael wear to hide his injuries?

5. What part of his body does the narrator punch to wake himself up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the narrator and his brother spend their summers with their uncle?

2. Why does Papi push his way to the shower as soon as he arrives home?

3. How does Ysrael try to help the two boys?

4. How did Ysrael disfigure his face?

5. What happens to Papi when he drinks?

6. What happens to Rafa and the narrator on the bus?

7. What homosexual experiences has Yunior had?

8. How does Mami react when Papi does not come?

9. How does the aunt help out the narrator?

10. How is school difficult for the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare American and Latino culture.

1) What are the differences between the two cultures?

2) How have the two cultures influenced each other?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Diaz's writing style. How would you describe Diaz's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does Diaz's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss elements of the narrative structure of the stories; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

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