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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does Valentin say that Molina will arrange for the others to meet them?
2. What does Molina want to suggest to Valentin to help get him to open up?
3. What does the woman say she is not, when the man tries to get her to go away with him?
4. "Marta, you can't imagine how much I just feel like __________ after eating all that food I found thanks to the spider woman...."
5. Who does the new husband's father ask for a blessing?
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
The format of this story is much different from other stories and novels. From the lack of description and narrative to the different punctuation for the dialogue, it seems the reader has to work harder in order to grasp the importance of each scene.
Part 1: Why do you think Puig decided to use the dialogue format he did?
Part 2: Why might Puig have decided to leave out the traditional narrative sections as one might see in other books?
Part 3: How did the new structure affect the way you read the book? In what ways was reading this book more challenging? Less challenging?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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