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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the toy Molina recalls when Valentin asks him?
2. Molina: "Arregui is like a _______, sir, and suspicious of everything..."
3. What is the hair color of the dead woman walking around the house?
4. What kind of glazed fruit is Molina's favorite?
5. "The more I think of it, the more I'm convinced that sex is innocence itself." is a statement made by ________.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of love is one that emerges right from the beginning of the story when Molina tells the story of the movie. The theme of love continues to emerge in the subsequent chapters.
Part 1: How is love portrayed in this story? In what ways does Puig describe it to the audience?
Part 2: Does love seem to be a positive or a negative force in the lives of these men? Support your answer.
Part 3: In what ways is love made larger than life in this story?
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 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?
This section contains 360 words
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