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 does Valentin think about this story?

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

3. What is included in the footnote at the end of this chapter?

4. How many other guys are trading on the black market, and are described in detail, in this new story?

5. Why is the star of the show interrogated?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the spider woman?

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

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

4. How has Valentin been tortured?

5. What does the servant girl do for the man who goes off to war?

6. What occurs when Valentin gets mad at Molina?

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

8. What does the maid confess when it seems obvious she knows more than she should about the zombie woman story?

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

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

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

While the idea of escapism is rampant in this story, Valentin has different rules for himself in terms of what he can and cannot do.

Part 1: List the personal rules Valentin has for himself from the beginning of the story.

Part 2: Why does Valentin want to go to the infirmary when he is ill?

Part 3: Does Valentin's internal rule set change as the story progresses? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of gender is something that is pursued in a subtle way in this manuscript. In moving back and forth between what is "masculine" and what is "feminine," the reader begins to ask questions of his/her own definitions of these terms as well.

Part 1: What are some examples of femininity in this story?

Part 2: What are some examples of masculinity in this story?

Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about the definition of gender as it relates to this story? Is it important? Why or why not?

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