One Hundred Years of Solitude Test | Final 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 begins to work at decoding the Melqunades manuscript?

2. What is Fernanda del Carpio's daughter's name?

3. What does Amaranta Ursula do when Gaston writes of his return to the town?

4. What does Aureliano Segundo do in his house?

5. Since Fernanda del Carpio isn't always open to the sexual advances of Aureliano Segundo, where does he go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aureliano Segundo do because Fernanda is impossible to live with?

2. Why does Santa Sofia de la Piedad just walk away one day?

3. Who is the stranger who arrives at the door?

4. Why does Meme play the clavichord?

5. When Amaranta Ursula returns to Macondo, who does she bring with her?

6. What is Jose Arcadio Segundo doing as he's locked in the laboratory?

7. Who is Aureliano Segundo trying to placate in his life?

8. What continues to occur for five long years in Macondo?

9. What does the banana company do when people begin to complain of unfair working conditions?

10. Who is helping to pay for the essentials (e.g., food) for Fernanda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the story progresses, Macondo begins to have more new technology than it did in the beginning. How does this new technology affect everyday life in the town? Does technology affect the town at all? List specific examples of either side as well as examples of the different pieces of technology that were introduced.

Essay Topic 2

The idea of religion is not something that's overlooked in this novel. From the many spiritual advisers to the idea of alternative religions and belief systems, it seems the author is just as interested in creating confusion as he is interested in creating order. What does this novel seem to say about religion in general and its usefulness in family life, home life, and politics?

Essay Topic 3

A running theme in this novel is the idea of fantasy. Many characters do things and say things that aren't necessarily grounded in fact. Choose three examples of how the fantasy elements in this story affect the actions and the outcomes of the story.

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