Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who might be the main character of the story Molina is telling?
2. What does the star receive in her dressing room at the end of the show?
3. Who is the character who wonders if the Warden will keep his promise to him?
4. In what is the prepared food to come?
5. Irena is not at __________ when she said she would be there.
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Valentin's reaction to Molina's illness?
2. What is Valentin's opinion of movies?
3. Who encourages Valentin to tell what he knows?
4. What is the new story Molina tells within this chapter and subsequent chapters?
5. What story is the newspaper reporter working on back at his office?
6. What does Molina say is the only thing that makes him happy?
7. What happens to the young man who owns the house in the new story Molina begins?
8. What is the Warden's new plan to learn more about Valentin's comrades?
9. What happens to the race car driver in the beginning of the new story Molina starts?
10. What does the husband tell the zombie woman as he is dying?
Molina and Valentin could not be more different, it seems. These two cell mates are locked up with each other for six months, so they will have no other choice but to get to know each other quite well.
Part 1: How are Molina and Valentin similar?
Part 2: How are Molina and Valentin dissimilar?
Part 3: If Molina and Valentin met each other on the street, would they be able to talk as they do in this story? Why or why not?
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?
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.
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