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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does the woman say she is going before she meets the man?
2. What does Valentin want to do now that he is feeling better?
3. Valentin cannot focus on the story because _____________.
4. What is Molina's apparent aunt's name?
5. Who does the new husband's father ask for a blessing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The stories Molina shares seem to be without any connection to the men or to the questioning Molina is supposed to be doing.
Part 1: What is the story that seems to relate most to Molina and Valentin? Why?
Part 2: Why do you think Molina chooses to tell these stories to Valentin instead of directly asking questions?
Part 3: Choose one story, describe it, and then discuss why Molina might have chosen to tell that story at the time.
Essay Topic 2
While Molina is revealed to be a homosexual, it is interesting that he does not show any interest in fighting for his own rights.
Part 1: Why do you think Puig decided to make the character of Molina a homosexual? What might be the reasoning?
Part 2: Why doesn't Molina want to fight for his rights? What reasons might he have for staying quiet?
Part 3: Do you think Molina's view of activism for himself has changed at the end of the story? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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