One Hundred Years of Solitude Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is now twenty years of age without being able to take care of herself?

2. Who is always engaged in productive work?

3. Who is a bony and thin adult who never amounts to much?

4. What happens to Colonel Aureliano Buendia do on the day of the armistice?

5. What do the townspeople do to combat this discovery?

Short Essay Questions

1. The plague of Rebeca spreads across the town - who helps to save the people?

2. How does Ursula help to prevent the marriage of Rebeca and Pietro?

3. When a messenger arrives from the Liberal Revolutionary Forces, what does Arcadio do?

4. Who does Aureliano Buendia marry?

5. What is so extraordinary about Jose Arcadio's anatomy, so much so that he gets the attention of many gypsies and even terrifies his own mother?

6. What does Don Apolinar Moscote, a magistrate from the distant government, require that Ursula do for her home, but she then ignores the ruling?

7. Why doesn't Colonel Aureliano Buendia die when he shoots himself through the chest?

8. What are some of the ailments of Rebeca?

9. What happens after Aureliano Jose after the rejection of his affections?

10. Who are identical twins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The recurring role of incest in this novel creates a bit of a moral quandary for the reader, but the characters in the story don't seem to see it that way. How is their solitary location increasing their chances of incest? Why is incest a constant threat to their family? What effects does incest have on the family ? Give at least three consequences, describing exactly how the act of incest affects those involved as well as those around them.

Essay Topic 2

For many characters in the book, they learn of their fate long before the fate comes to pass. Give three examples of how this has happened to characters in the novel, including a full description of the foreshadowing, the way the character reacted, and whether the fate came true.

Essay Topic 3

The love that is described in this novel is a bit different from most readers' traditional ideas about love. It seems the family is quite hindered by their lack of ability to love. Describe three reasons why the Buendia family might have had such a hard time creating love in their lives.

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