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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does the new husband's father ask for a blessing?
2. What time does Molina want to be back in order to have dinner with his mother and aunt?
3. Where does the woman in the story appear?
4. In what kind of costume is the man dressed?
5. What time is is when Molina gets back to the cell?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The development of the relationship between Molina and Valentin is slow and steady as the chapters pass. Puig seems to understand the realism of the relationship that does develop between these two characters.
Part 1: What makes the relationship between Molina and Valentin seem realistic?
Part 2: How does Molina encourage Valentin to be comfortable about him?
Part 3: Why do you think Valentin opens up to Molina in the way he does?
This section contains 366 words
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