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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. When the mother says there are now 6 girls, who is she referring to?

2. What kind of flowers did John bring home to Yolanda?

3. What did Yolanda think about the speech her mother wrote for her school program?

4. What cured Yolanda?

5. Who did the marijuana belong to?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Rudy and Yolanda meet years later, how is Yolanda different? Is she different? Is her reaction to Rudy different from when she was young? Why?

2. How did the girls' mother view finding the marijuana? What does this symbolize for the mother?

3. Why is the mother not offended by Yolanda's speech, but her father is?

4. Why did the girls' parents want them to return to the island every summer? Why did they not want them to live in the U.S. as adults?

5. In the first chapter, why is the boy crying on the side of the road? Why would nobody believe him when he went for help? What does this say about the country?

6. How did Yolanda decide to leave John? What did she perceive was happening? What do you think was really happening?

7. What is the symbolism of the Human Body? When it is broken and ruined what is the author trying to say to us?

8. When the girls arrive at the strange house for their art lesson, there are two chairs on the open patio. What clue is that for the reader? Knowing what we know about Dona Charito and her husband, who is using these chairs?

9. How were the girls affected by their mother dressing them all alike, but in different colors? Why did they refer to it as "assembly-line" mentality?

10. What does it tell the reader to know that the de la Torres compound is next to the palacio of the dictator's daughter? Does this mean that grandfather is an important man? Why? Why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The family seems so normal back on the island, only the servants are crazy, but, after the move, the girls and the mother all have issues dealing with life. Do you think it has anything to do with money? They were rich on the island, but life is more up-close in America and they struggle keeping a grip on reality. What do you think? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Why do all the servants who work for the family have wild backgrounds? Why do some of the servants dabble in voodoo or magic? How does all this relate to Sandi curing one of the servant's children and the sculptor using her face as the face of the Virgin Mary? What does this say about the society at large on the island?

Essay Topic 3

What is symbolic about the toys that grandmother returns with from New York? Why does she always bring gifts? Do you think she feels guilty about the children being born into a family that is in danger? Explain your answer.

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