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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who used to be married to the witch doctor?
2. What does Molina decide to have that morning?
3. How long has it been since Valentin has had food?
4. What is messed up, according to Valentin, since hearing the news that Molina might be leaving?
5. What does the reporter always feel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
While Molina is revealed to be a homosexual, it is interesting that he does not show any interest in fighting for his own rights.
Part 1: Why do you think Puig decided to make the character of Molina a homosexual? What might be the reasoning?
Part 2: Why doesn't Molina want to fight for his rights? What reasons might he have for staying quiet?
Part 3: Do you think Molina's view of activism for himself has changed at the end of the story? 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.
This section contains 350 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)