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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Valentin want to do now that he is feeling better?
2. What does Molina want to suggest to Valentin to help get him to open up?
3. Of what is the woman's long dress made?
4. What time does Molina want to be back in order to have dinner with his mother and aunt?
5. Where does Molina spend his first day of freedom?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The relationship between a man and a man is somewhat of a taboo in today's society, even without the idea of homosexuality. But its relevance to the story is not in its sexual tone, but in the way the men begin to learn more about each other and take care of each other.
Part 1: Do you think Valentin cares that Molina is a homosexual in the beginning? Why or why not?
Part 2: How do you think Valentin explains the sexual relationship between himself and Molina? Is he a homosexual as well?
Part 3: What does the sexual relationship that develops seem to say about relationships in general? Do circumstances create relationships more than feelings do? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Molina and Valentin could not be more different, it seems. These two cell mates are locked up with each other for six months, so they will have no other choice but to get to know each other quite well.
Part 1: How are Molina and Valentin similar?
Part 2: How are Molina and Valentin dissimilar?
Part 3: If Molina and Valentin met each other on the street, would they be able to talk as they do in this story? 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?
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