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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What kind of job does the reporter get when he realizes he cannot get any other job?
2. What is Valentin happy he is able to do now?
3. "I'll also tell you that the ________ is closing her eyes because she's sleepy..."
4. "You stole away ___________, that I held in my heart, for you?"
5. Valentin cannot focus on the story because _____________.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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 theme of desire is another larger idea in this story, with both men desiring things outside of their cell as well as within their cell.
Part 1: What are Molina's desires at the beginning of the story?
Part 2: What are Valentin's desires at the beginning of the story?
Part 3: How do the desires of the men change as the story progresses? Are some desires different? Or are desires simply added to their lives?
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