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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. Which character in this story is a window dresser?
2. What does he learn from the answer to #73?
3. What is hurting Molina so badly while he is ill?
4. Molina say he is sick for ________.
5. What would Valentin like from Marta?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who are some of the old friends and family Molina contacts once he is out of the prison?
2. What is the setting of the new movie Molina wants to share with Valentin?
3. What does Valentin say helps him escape his cell and his reality?
4. What happens when Irena sees her husband in the office late at night with his assistant?
5. What happens in the movie when the wife goes to a voodoo ceremony?
6. Who does Valentin say is also secondary to his cause and to his goals in terms of social revolution?
7. Why do the plantation owners turn the people of the island into zombies?
8. What does the Mafia husband do when he finds his wife?
9. What does the Warden suggest Molina say about his visits to keep Valentin from becoming suspicious?
10. Why does Molina feel he could die in his sleep now?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
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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