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 does Valentin say is secondary to the cause of change?

2. What does Valentin think about this story?

3. The man who owns the house in the woods enter the ___________ branch of the military.

4. Who ends up becoming almost immediately ill from the dinner served to the men?

5. What does he learn from the answer to #73?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Valentin has a bad attack of diarrhea?

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

5. Who is the spider woman?

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

7. Who does Valentin say is also secondary to his cause and to his goals in terms of social revolution?

8. What does Molina do with Valentin once he returns from his meeting with the Warden?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end, it seems Molina and Valentin switch their original roles in order to become better men for each other.

Part 1: Describe the character of Molina at the beginning of the story. What does he believe in?

Part 2: Describe the character of Valentin at the beginning of the story. What does he believe in?

Part 3: What does Molina believe in the end of the story? What does Valentin do at the end of the story? How have they both changed?

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

While some might view this manuscript as a triumph and a celebration of homosexuality, others feel it is a condemnation of this sexuality.

Part 1: What are some of the ways homosexuality is criticized in this story?

Part 2: What are some of the ways homosexuality is celebrated in this story?

Part 3: In the end, does it seem like homosexuality is thought to be a positive lifestyle or a negative lifestyle? Support your answer.

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