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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who says: "Whoever doesn't know how to receive...he's the mean one?"
2. What has the woman been instead of a singer at a club at night, helping to support herself and her man?
3. "Marta, you can't imagine how much I just feel like __________ after eating all that food I found thanks to the spider woman...."
4. Of what is the woman's long dress made?
5. What does the reporter always feel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
While the idea of escapism is rampant in this story, Valentin has different rules for himself in terms of what he can and cannot do.
Part 1: List the personal rules Valentin has for himself from the beginning of the story.
Part 2: Why does Valentin want to go to the infirmary when he is ill?
Part 3: Does Valentin's internal rule set change as the story progresses? If so, how? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 2
The writing style of Puig allows readers a chance to fill in the blanks, using their own imagination. This has been seen as a weak writing style, but also a powerful writing style by critics.
Part 1: What does the lack of every detail do for the story Puig is trying to tell?
Part 2: Would the story's power be lessened by more narrative and detail? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think it matters if the blanks you fill in with your imagination are different from the blanks another reader might fill in? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The stories Molina shares seem to be without any connection to the men or to the questioning Molina is supposed to be doing.
Part 1: What is the story that seems to relate most to Molina and Valentin? Why?
Part 2: Why do you think Molina chooses to tell these stories to Valentin instead of directly asking questions?
Part 3: Choose one story, describe it, and then discuss why Molina might have chosen to tell that story at the time.
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