I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Alina Troyano
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which book is Carmelita reading?

2. What is the name of Juana's slave?

3. The goddess is from which culture?

4. What item of the mugger's clothes is mentioned?

5. Who is the soldier mentioned in the Conquest of Mexico?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Who is Carmelita Tropicana? What is her real name? What is the purpose of the book? Write a complete character description of Carmelita Tropicana as well as that of her alter-ego, Alina Troyano. Is there any difference between Troyano and Carmelita Tropicana? If so, what? Why did Troyano choose to become Carmelita Tropicana? What is the biggest impact made by Carmelita Tropicana‚Äč?

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