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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How long has it been since Valentin has had food?
2. Where does Molina spend his first day of freedom?
3. What does Molina want to suggest to Valentin to help get him to open up?
4. What is Valentin happy he is able to do now?
5. What is messed up, according to Valentin, since hearing the news that Molina might be leaving?
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
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 idea of telling stories seems to be used as an escapist technique, not just for the reader, but also for the characters.
Part 1: Why does Molina like to tell the stories as told to Valentin and to himself?
Part 2: What might Molina be escaping from as he tells the stories? What might Valentin escape from?
Part 3: What is the value of escapism? What does it provide to those who seek it out? How can it hurt the seekers of escapism?
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