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. Who might be the main character of the story Molina is telling?

2. What does the star receive in her dressing room at the end of the show?

3. Who is the character who wonders if the Warden will keep his promise to him?

4. In what is the prepared food to come?

5. Irena is not at __________ when she said she would be there.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Valentin's opinion of movies?

3. Who encourages Valentin to tell what he knows?

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

5. What story is the newspaper reporter working on back at his office?

6. What does Molina say is the only thing that makes him happy?

7. What happens to the young man who owns the house in the new story Molina begins?

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

9. What happens to the race car driver in the beginning of the new story Molina starts?

10. What does the husband tell the zombie woman as he is dying?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The use of footnotes in this story is another different technique that Puig uses to give the reader a unique experience.

Part 1: Describe the content of two instances of footnotes.

Part 2: What do the footnotes do for the experience of the reader? What do they provide to the story?

Part 3: Why wasn't the information in the footnotes put into the actual narrative, in your opinion?

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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