I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures Test | Lesson Plans 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. What is the name of the mountain range described by Pingalito?

2. What is the word used to describe a mid-afternoon rest period?

3. By 9:20 AM the policeman is ready to do which of the following?

4. What type of dog used to bark at Pingalito?

5. Chicas 2000 was originally performed at which location?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Machito? What is his role in the beginning of the play? What regrets does Carmelita have regarding Machito?

2. Discuss Carmelita's monologue with the audience regarding Chicas 2000. What does Carmelita predict will happen in that year?

3. Who phones Carmelita the next morning? What is the purpose of each call?

4. What is the realization Carmelita has after returning to America? What does Carmelita have to say about Cuban politics?

5. Who is Dr. Igor? What does he do to Carmelita?

6. Discuss the play "Memories of a Revolution." Who wrote the script? Who wrote the play? In what era does the play take place? Who is the main character?

7. Discuss the initial assassination attempt on Maldito's life. What happens? Who delivers the news to Carmelita?

8. How does Pingalito know Carmelita? What happens when Pingalito hears that Carmelita has amnesia? What does Pingalito do to try to rouse Carmelita? Does the plan work?

9. Examine the scene in which Carmelita is walking home from the Tropicana.

10. Who is Desiree? Who is Rodesia? How do their characters affect Carmelita?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Carmelita worked at the Tropicana in Havana before going to the United States. After Carmelita arrived in the United States she opened a similar nightclub, also called the Tropicana, in Manhattan. What types of nightclubs were the Tropicanas? Compare and contrast the two clubs. What were the biggest similarities? Did Carmelita operate both nightclubs? What happened to each club? Who was involved in the destruction of at least one of the clubs? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the prison system as portrayed in the play. In which instances were characters imprisoned? What were the circumstances? Describe the court system. Were the court system and the penal system fair? What was a common reason for arrest? What was the outcome? Which characters were arrested? What were the charges? What types of rehabilitation did the characters go through before being released? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Carmelita and Sophia are sisters. Although both women came from Cuba, they could not be more different from one another. Compare and contrast the sisters. Which is the eldest? Who is the most conservative? What are the main differences between the sisters? Who is the most successful? Which sister is the most influential? Explain.

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