The Kiss of the Spider Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Molina's response to Valentin's reaction in #33?

2. What does Molina have to do when he's in front of the Warden?

3. Who is the star of the show in the next part of the movie story Molina tells?

4. Who does Valentin say is secondary to the cause of change?

5. What is the first thing Molina wants the Warden to procure for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the man notice about the woman he has met during the festivities?

2. Why does the race car driver walk out on his Dad?

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

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

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

6. What happens to the first wife of the man in the story?

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

8. Why do the plantation owners turn the people of the island into zombies?

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

10. What is Valentin's reaction to Molina's illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of desire is another larger idea in this story, with both men desiring things outside of their cell as well as within their cell.

Part 1: What are Molina's desires at the beginning of the story?

Part 2: What are Valentin's desires at the beginning of the story?

Part 3: How do the desires of the men change as the story progresses? Are some desires different? Or are desires simply added to their lives?

Essay Topic 2

There is an obvious conflict between the personal relationships of the characters and the idea of political activism. It seems the two ideas are unable to coexist.

Part 1: What does the play seem to be saying about personal relationships in relationship to the political ideals of the characters?

Part 2: Does it seem relationships are bolstered or weakened by activism? Support your answer.

Part 3: In what ways does Valentin's political activism affect his life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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