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 has the woman been instead of a singer at a club at night, helping to support herself and her man?

2. What does the man do when he finds the woman's address?

3. What sounds like a bad omen?

4. Where does the woman in the story appear?

5. What kind of glazed fruit is Molina's favorite?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While some might view this manuscript as a triumph and a celebration of homosexuality, others feel it is a condemnation of this sexuality.

Part 1: What are some of the ways homosexuality is criticized in this story?

Part 2: What are some of the ways homosexuality is celebrated in this story?

Part 3: In the end, does it seem like homosexuality is thought to be a positive lifestyle or a negative lifestyle? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of gender is something that is pursued in a subtle way in this manuscript. In moving back and forth between what is "masculine" and what is "feminine," the reader begins to ask questions of his/her own definitions of these terms as well.

Part 1: What are some examples of femininity in this story?

Part 2: What are some examples of masculinity in this story?

Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about the definition of gender as it relates to this story? Is it important? Why or why not?

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