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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 is told he is just like a woman?

2. Whose essay on sexuality does the footnote detail?

3. What would Valentin like from Marta?

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

5. What is Irena not allowed to do with her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the man and the woman meet in the first movie Molina describes to Valentin?

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

3. What does the woman have to do in order to support the care of her man?

4. What does the newspaper reporter do when he recognizes the woman he met the night before in his research?

5. Who does Leni get involved with in order to find out more information from her boyfriend?

6. What does the Warden suggest Molina say about his visits to keep Valentin from becoming suspicious?

7. Why does Valentin say he avoids the pleasures of the flesh?

8. Who is the author of the letter Valentin receives?

9. Describe Leni and what happens to her in the beginning of the new movie story.

10. What happens when Molina wants to coddle Valentin again during this chapter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The format of this story is much different from other stories and novels. From the lack of description and narrative to the different punctuation for the dialogue, it seems the reader has to work harder in order to grasp the importance of each scene.

Part 1: Why do you think Puig decided to use the dialogue format he did?

Part 2: Why might Puig have decided to leave out the traditional narrative sections as one might see in other books?

Part 3: How did the new structure affect the way you read the book? In what ways was reading this book more challenging? Less challenging?

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