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 wants his throat slashed when he dies?

2. Who does Aureliano meet outside of the home?

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

4. What does the builder of the answer in #129 do to Jose Arcadio's grave?

5. Who is buried in the courtyard of a brothel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Meme play the clavichord?

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

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

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

8. Who is the woman that Aureliano Segundo finally chooses?

9. What are some of the odd behaviors of Remedios the Beauty?

10. What does Jose Arcadio leave home to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in this book take on lovers to help them with their loneliness, it seems. Describe the necessity of Pilar, Remedios the Beauty, Santa Sofia de la Piedad, and other women in the novel. What do they give to the lovers they take? What do these relationships take away from those who are in them?

Essay Topic 2

The town of Macondo changes throughout the course of the novel - describe the life cycle of this town from its beginnings, changes, and to its eventual end. Why do these changes make sense for the novel and for the town itself?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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