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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

Homosexuality is a main theme throughout the book. Carmelita is a lesbian as is pointed out in several acts and scenes. Discuss Carmelita's homosexuality. In some cases the homosexuality seems to be borne out of the situation rather than conscious choice. This can be seen in Sor Juana when the vicereine insists that Juana kiss her. Carmelita also enters into several relationships based on the situation, including her relationship with Rodesia in the BMU. Discuss homosexuality as it pertains to the story and explain how it affects the characters and their actions toward each other and the other main themes in the text.

Essay Topic 3

In several instances, particularly in Sor Juana: The Nightmare, there are references to mysticism. One good example is the appearance of the stigmata. Explain why Troyano included the use of mysticism in the play. Was it an effective tool? How did it relate to the rest of the story? Why did the Prosecutor doubt the veracity of the stigmata? How did it relate to Carmelita? Did Sor Juana's Catholic beliefs and practices relate to Carmelita in any way? Explain.

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