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 part of America do the family move to?

2. What does Lucero mean in Spanish?

3. Who disappears for five weeks?

4. What does Rafa pull off Ysrael's face?

5. What room does the narrator have to guard for his brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Papi try to prevent the narrator from eating at the party?

2. What does the reader know about Papi from the other stories?

3. How does Rafa beat up Ysrael?

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

5. How does the narrator feel when his girlfriend is released from the juvenile hall?

6. What happens at the corner?

7. How did Papi and Mami try to cure the narrator of his car sickness?

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

9. How do the family react when Papi sends them a second letter saying he is coming home?

10. Who do the narrator and Cut sell drugs to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the stories. In what way are these themes relevant to the time period and setting? How does Diaz use character and setting to express his themes?

Essay Topic 2

Drown is a collection of short stories. What are the differences between a short story and a novel in terms of the following?

1) Language

2) Character

3) Structure

Essay Topic 3

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?

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