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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 does Irena turn into when she becomes jealous?
2. Why is Leni invited to the city in #40?
3. What is the woman doing when she is first approached by the man?
4. Why is the star of the show interrogated?
5. What is the first thing Molina wants the Warden to procure for him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the woman have to do in order to support the care of her man?
2. Why is Valentin afraid to go to the infirmary?
3. What occurs when Valentin gets mad at Molina?
4. What happens to the first wife of the man in the story?
5. Who does Valentin say is also secondary to his cause and to his goals in terms of social revolution?
6. What happens when Irena sees her husband in the office late at night with his assistant?
7. What does Valentin say helps him escape his cell and his reality?
8. Who is the author of the letter Valentin receives?
9. Why does the son feel guilty during the race car driver story?
10. What happens in the movie when the wife goes to a voodoo ceremony?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of love is one that emerges right from the beginning of the story when Molina tells the story of the movie. The theme of love continues to emerge in the subsequent chapters.
Part 1: How is love portrayed in this story? In what ways does Puig describe it to the audience?
Part 2: Does love seem to be a positive or a negative force in the lives of these men? Support your answer.
Part 3: In what ways is love made larger than life in this story?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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