Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Valentin's old girlfriend?
2. Who does the Warden have dinner with the night before?
3. What does Valentin think about this story?
4. What is the woman doing when she is first approached by the man?
5. Who brings these provisions to Molina?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Leni interrogated as a result of the events that occur in relation to the chorus girl?
2. What does Valentin have to say about being a man?
3. What does the woman have to do in order to support the care of her man?
4. What does Molina do with Valentin once he returns from his meeting with the Warden?
5. What happens to the first wife of the man in the story?
6. What happens when Molina wants to coddle Valentin again during this chapter?
7. What does the zombie woman do to the husband?
8. What happens to the race car driver in the beginning of the new story Molina starts?
9. What does the man notice about the woman he has met during the festivities?
10. Why do the plantation owners turn the people of the island into zombies?
Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary, a bit of a traitor for his time, but this role is not one that is unique. Very often, authors use people who are revolutionaries to show the reader someone who is colorful and someone who can be feared and admired.
Part 1: How does the reader know of Valentin's political leanings in this story?
Part 2: Does Valentin seem to be a strong supporter of his beliefs? Support your answer.
Part 3: What are Molina's political beliefs? What does this say about Molina?
At times, the reader does not know if the writing and the narration is true or a vision from the character. This fantasy-like tone makes the story one that may not be as complete as it seems.
Part 1: Cite two examples in which the narration of the story becomes unclear as to whether it is real or if it is just a dream/vision.
Part 2: What do these examples seem to tell us about the idea of reality and fantasy?
Part 3: If these examples are not based in reality, does this weaken the story? Why or why not?
The idea of telling stories seems to be used as an escapist technique, not just for the reader, but also for the characters.
Part 1: Why does Molina like to tell the stories as told to Valentin and to himself?
Part 2: What might Molina be escaping from as he tells the stories? What might Valentin escape from?
Part 3: What is the value of escapism? What does it provide to those who seek it out? How can it hurt the seekers of escapism?
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