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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 does he learn from the answer to #73?
3. The man who owns the house in the woods enter the ___________ branch of the military.
4. Whose essay on sexuality does the footnote detail?
5. About whom is Molina worried?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the Warden suggest Molina say about his visits to keep Valentin from becoming suspicious?
2. What does Molina suggest in order to make the Warden's suggestion all the more realistic?
3. What is the man's parents' reaction to his new relationship?
4. Why does the race car driver walk out on his Dad?
5. What happens when Valentin has a bad attack of diarrhea?
6. Why does the psychiatrist try to come on to Irena in the middle of a session?
7. What does the zombie woman do to the husband?
8. What does Molina say is the only thing that makes him happy?
9. Who is the spider woman?
10. What does the Mafia husband do when he finds his wife?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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