The Kiss of the Spider Woman Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Valentin receive 3rd degree burns?

2. Molina says, "I swear I never saw you _________ before."

3. At what is Valentin staring?

4. "Because I'm no good at that sort of thing, and if they catch me I'll wind up telling them everything." is a statement made by _________.

5. "How could you leave then, when love was __________!"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary, a bit of a traitor for his time, but this role is not one that is unique. Very often, authors use people who are revolutionaries to show the reader someone who is colorful and someone who can be feared and admired.

Part 1: How does the reader know of Valentin's political leanings in this story?

Part 2: Does Valentin seem to be a strong supporter of his beliefs? Support your answer.

Part 3: What are Molina's political beliefs? What does this say about Molina?

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 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?

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