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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is messed up, according to Valentin, since hearing the news that Molina might be leaving?
2. "I'll also tell you that the ________ is closing her eyes because she's sleepy..."
3. In what kind of costume is the man dressed?
4. "The more I think of it, the more I'm convinced that sex is innocence itself." is a statement made by ________.
5. How long has it been since Valentin has had food?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
While Molina seems to be a person who is emotional and quite reactive to stress, at the same time, the reader gets the feeling that he may be manipulating the Warden.
Part 1: What makes the reader think Molina is possibly manipulating the Warden?
Part 2: Do you think Molina is trying to help the Warden or help himself? Why do you answer the way you do?
Part 3: Does Molina seem capable of manipulation? Cite examples to support your answer.
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
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?
This section contains 364 words
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