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. How much money did Carmelita receive for her work in the film?

2. Carmelita has a picture of which famous star on her wall?

3. What color are the Dictator's fingernails?

4. What item does Juana give to Maria Luisa?

5. What is a nun's outfit called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Aunt Nina? How does Carmelita describe the old woman?

2. How does Juana escape? What is her disguise?

3. Who is Alba? What does she say to try to dissuade Juana from leaving the convent?

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

5. Who is Arriero? What is Arriero's homeland? In which section is Arriero introduced? Why is Arriero's point of view different from the others?

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

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

8. What is the main theme in "Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen?"

9. Who is Sor Juana? What is the basis of the Nightmare?

10. Discuss the meeting between Dee and Carmelita. Where had the women met on a previous occasion? Explain the scene and the reaction of each woman.

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

Describe Maldito's regime. What about the regime was corrupt? How did it compare to Castro's regime? Did things become better or worse after the revolution? Compare and contrast the government situations before and after the 1955 revolution.

Essay Topic 3

In the beginning of the play, Carmelita and Machito among others were involved in an assassination attempt of the corrupt Maldito. Discuss the initial assassination attempt. How did it come about? Who was in charge of the attempt? Who was assigned to complete the task? What happened? How and why did the assassination attempt fail? What was the next step? What was the name of the operation? Was the second attempt successful? Who was involved in the plan? What happened to Maldito? What event occurred that finally forced Maldito to be removed from office? Explain.

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