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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gertrudis begin to do when she tastes the sauce Tita has prepared?

2. Who will be furious if Tita is not found in the kitchen as she was directed to be?

3. What is the second main physical response the guests have after eating the wedding cake?

4. Who comes to gather up Tita at Mama's request?

5. What do the guests at the wedding begin to do after they eat the wedding cake?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader find out about Tita's great aunt, which reveals a similarity between the two women?

2. What did Tita make when she and cook would be in the kitchen together when she was a child?

3. Why wasn't Tita upset about the frying of her little sausage creatures during the holiday season?

4. Why does Tita wish her mother was at the wedding preparations she is working on?

5. Why does Pedro agree to marry Tita's sister Rosaura, even though he wanted to marry Tita?

6. How does Tita plan to fatten up the turkeys for the meal she wishes to prepare?

7. What happens when a strong cold gust of air blows into the room as Tita is preparing bread?

8. When Tita tells Rosaura that she married her boyfriend, what is Rosaura's response to this?

9. What does Pedro do after he announces that Rosaura has gone into labor?

10. What does a person need in order to make matches for themselves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Magical realism is one of the literary decides the author uses in this story, often with beautiful results in the narrative.

Part 1: Define the idea of magical realism.

Part 2: Why do you think the author chooses magical realism over typical storytelling?

Part 3: How does magical realism strengthen the story? How does it weaken it?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of love is one that comes in and out of the novel, with Tita's heart breaking over losing her love, but then her heart heals as she grows stronger.

Part 1: Why do you think Tita did not put up more of a fight to be with Pedro?

Part 2: Why didn't Rosaura argue against marrying Pedro?

Part 3: What do you think the author is saying about love and about true love when she tells this story?

Essay Topic 3

While at times, it seems some of the characters surrender to Mama, these are actually points at which the daughters are standing up to her.

Part 1: Why is Tita actually becoming saner when she has spent a night up in the dovecote?

Part 2: When Gertrudius takes off her clothes and runs, why is this not as crazy a thing as it seems? Or is it?

Part 3: In what ways does Rosaura also lose her 'sanity,' though it's actually a sign of her strength? And if this is not the case for her, what makes her different from the others?

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