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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 the Warden want Molina to hide when he goes back to his cell?
2. What is served for dinner during this specific chapter?
3. Where are Valentin and Molina located throughout the majority of the book?
4. Who helps to take care of the house owner?
5. What country are the Germans occupying in the next movie story that Molina tells?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Valentin say is also secondary to his cause and to his goals in terms of social revolution?
2. Who is the author of the letter Valentin receives?
3. What does Molina propose to the Warden in order to increase the chances of Valentin opening up to him?
4. What is the Warden's new plan to learn more about Valentin's comrades?
5. Why does the psychiatrist try to come on to Irena in the middle of a session?
6. Who does Leni get involved with in order to find out more information from her boyfriend?
7. What does the man notice about the woman he has met during the festivities?
8. What does Valentin have to say about being a man?
9. Who are some of the old friends and family Molina contacts once he is out of the prison?
10. What occurs when Valentin gets mad at Molina?
Essay Topic 1
While Molina seems to be a person who is emotional and quite reactive to stress, at the same time, the reader gets the feeling that he may be manipulating the Warden.
Part 1: What makes the reader think Molina is possibly manipulating the Warden?
Part 2: Do you think Molina is trying to help the Warden or help himself? Why do you answer the way you do?
Part 3: Does Molina seem capable of manipulation? Cite examples to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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