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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 Valentin receive while he is in the prison within this scene?
2. What does Molina try to encourage Valentin to NOT do?
3. Where does Valentin NOT want to go?
4. Who is sick at the beginning of this chapter?
5. How many bags of groceries does Molina's mother usually bring him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Molina do with Valentin once he returns from his meeting with the Warden?
2. Why does the race car driver walk out on his Dad?
3. Why does Molina feel he could die in his sleep now?
4. By whom would Valentin really like the letter to be written?
5. What does the maid confess when it seems obvious she knows more than she should about the zombie woman story?
6. What kind of job does Molina get when he is finally out of jail?
7. Who are some of the old friends and family Molina contacts once he is out of the prison?
8. Who encourages Valentin to tell what he knows?
9. Why does the psychiatrist try to come on to Irena in the middle of a session?
10. Why does Valentin say he avoids the pleasures of the flesh?
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
While Molina is revealed to be a homosexual, it is interesting that he does not show any interest in fighting for his own rights.
Part 1: Why do you think Puig decided to make the character of Molina a homosexual? What might be the reasoning?
Part 2: Why doesn't Molina want to fight for his rights? What reasons might he have for staying quiet?
Part 3: Do you think Molina's view of activism for himself has changed at the end of the story? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The writing style of Puig allows readers a chance to fill in the blanks, using their own imagination. This has been seen as a weak writing style, but also a powerful writing style by critics.
Part 1: What does the lack of every detail do for the story Puig is trying to tell?
Part 2: Would the story's power be lessened by more narrative and detail? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think it matters if the blanks you fill in with your imagination are different from the blanks another reader might fill in? Why or why not?
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