The Kiss of the Spider Woman Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the man notice about the woman?

2. What is the qualification that Freud applies to the infantile libido, as noted in the footnote?

3. What is Molina's true last name, according to the report at the beginning of the chapter?

4. What is the woman wearing when she meets the reporter in the hospital?

5. What is the hair color of the dead woman walking around the house?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At times, the reader does not know if the writing and the narration is true or a vision from the character. This fantasy-like tone makes the story one that may not be as complete as it seems.

Part 1: Cite two examples in which the narration of the story becomes unclear as to whether it is real or if it is just a dream/vision.

Part 2: What do these examples seem to tell us about the idea of reality and fantasy?

Part 3: If these examples are not based in reality, does this weaken the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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