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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who says: "In a sense we're perfectly free to behave however we choose with respect to one another, am I making myself clear?"
2. Molina makes Valentin close his eyes and touch the _________to guess the identity.
3. What is Valentin happy he is able to do now?
4. What is the toy Molina recalls when Valentin asks him?
5. What tea does Molina offer to Valentin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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