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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When is Molina to be paroled?
2. Who used to be married to the witch doctor?
3. Where does the woman say she is going before she meets the man?
4. What has the woman been instead of a singer at a club at night, helping to support herself and her man?
5. Who saves the woman from the ghost?
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
At times, the reader does not know if the writing and the narration is true or a vision from the character. This fantasy-like tone makes the story one that may not be as complete as it seems.
Part 1: Cite two examples in which the narration of the story becomes unclear as to whether it is real or if it is just a dream/vision.
Part 2: What do these examples seem to tell us about the idea of reality and fantasy?
Part 3: If these examples are not based in reality, does this weaken the story? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The idea of love is one that emerges right from the beginning of the story when Molina tells the story of the movie. The theme of love continues to emerge in the subsequent chapters.
Part 1: How is love portrayed in this story? In what ways does Puig describe it to the audience?
Part 2: Does love seem to be a positive or a negative force in the lives of these men? Support your answer.
Part 3: In what ways is love made larger than life in this story?
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