Short Essay Questions Key
1. How does Hermilda react to her son's death?
Hermilda is upset with her son's death, but also happy that her son no longer has to live his life on the run. The only thing she worries about is that his death could encourage more violence.
2. How do the locals react to Pablo's death?
Pablo was always good to the working class masses, building houses for them and even a floodlit football pitch. They grew to love him and Pablo encouraged them by getting his newspaper to print positive stories about his deeds and appearance. When he dies, the locals are upset and during the funeral they shove aside the coffin bearers, rip open his coffin and touch his face.
3. How did Gaitán come to prominence in 1948?
Gaitán had been involved in politics for several years before receiving his law degree. Gaitán's support of the workers and low-income Colombians made him a favorite for President. As a result, Gaitán won the Liberal Party's nomination in 1930.
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