I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures 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 color are the Dictator's sunglasses?

2. What is the Vicereine's title?

3. The goddess is the goddess of ______.

4. The radio show was titled "The _____ of Horniness."

5. What creative talent is possessed by Juana?

Short Essay Questions

1. Carmelita comments that the women need the spirit of Rosa Parks. Who is Rosa Parks? Why does Carmelita see her as a role model?

2. What is "El Recibo Social?" What is the main topic? Why is it important to Carmelita?

3. Who is Maria Luisa? What is her role in the story? What does Maria Luisa convince Juana to do?

4. How does the relationship between Maria Luisa and Juana change at this time? What promises do the women make to each other?

5. What does Carmelita say to Dee in an attempt to garner sympathy from the woman?

6. Discuss Carmelita's radio spot for WNYC. What was the purpose of the spot?

7. Why is the Prosecutor angry with Juana? What does Juana say to convince the Prosecutor that she knows her Bible?

8. What information does the Prosecutor demand from Juan(a)? What causes the Prosecutor to become suspicious of the stigmata? What are the stigmata?

9. What about the scene is so foreign to Arriero? What is his reaction?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carmelita Tropicana introduces Machito and Sophia as her siblings. What is the relationship between Carmelita Tropicana and her younger brother Machito? What is the relationship between Carmelita Tropicana and her sister Sophia? What is the relationship between Machito and Sophia?

Essay Topic 2

When Carmelita and the others were being held in the Behavioral Modification Unit, there were several discussions about prisoners that were hardened criminals, such as Dee. What is a hardened criminal? What caused Dee to be categorized in that way? How many times had Dee been arrested? What were Dee's crimes? Why were some of the characters referred to as being "nutty" or insane? What types of behaviors were exhibited that would cause one to make such a characterization? Were any of the characters treated for mental illness?

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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