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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. Who gets married in the story Molina tells to himself?

2. What is served for dinner during this specific chapter?

3. Who has been trading in the black market for surplus food in this new story?

4. What does the Warden want Molina to hide when he goes back to his cell?

5. What does he learn from the answer to #73?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Molina suggest in order to make the Warden's suggestion all the more realistic?

2. What does the letter Valentin receives reveal to him?

3. What is the Warden's new plan to learn more about Valentin's comrades?

4. What is the new story Molina tells within this chapter and subsequent chapters?

5. What does the Mafia husband do when he finds his wife?

6. What does the zombie woman do to the husband?

7. Who does Molina meet with at the beginning of the chapter?

8. What has the butcher been doing in the new movie Molina is describing in this chapter?

9. Why does the man end up in the hospital in the movie story?

10. What does the maid confess when it seems obvious she knows more than she should about the zombie woman story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While the idea of escapism is rampant in this story, Valentin has different rules for himself in terms of what he can and cannot do.

Part 1: List the personal rules Valentin has for himself from the beginning of the story.

Part 2: Why does Valentin want to go to the infirmary when he is ill?

Part 3: Does Valentin's internal rule set change as the story progresses? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

Molina and Valentin could not be more different, it seems. These two cell mates are locked up with each other for six months, so they will have no other choice but to get to know each other quite well.

Part 1: How are Molina and Valentin similar?

Part 2: How are Molina and Valentin dissimilar?

Part 3: If Molina and Valentin met each other on the street, would they be able to talk as they do in this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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