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. What does Aureliano Segundo do with his wealth?

2. Who becomes smitten with Amaranta Ursula?

3. Who does Meme meet and begin to have an affair with?

4. What describes Fernanda del Carpio's family?

5. Where is Meme take by Fernanda del Carpio?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the secret that Aureliano Amador doesn't know about Amaranta Ursula?

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

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

4. When the child is missing from his crib, what has happened to the child?

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

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

7. Why does Meme play the clavichord?

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

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

10. When does Amaranta believe she will die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some readers find it confusing that this novel isn't told in chronological order. But could the story work any other way? Why does the refusal to stick to a straight timeline help the story be more accessible and more entertaining for the reader? Or would a chronological timeline be a stronger choice?

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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