Like Water for Chocolate Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Mama Elena instruct to be taken away from Tita?

2. Tita screams at her mother because Mama gave her ______________ too many.

3. Every person but ________ has fallen under a spell at the wedding.

4. What does Tita do that makes her run away from Mama?

5. From miles away, __________ sees the rose scented cloud from Gertrudis.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when the Indian women went to the bedside of John's great great grandfather?

2. What does Chechna say she will tell Mama about Tita's idea about not coming home?

3. What happened to Rosaura with her health condition a year before this wedding day?

4. Why is Tita the only person who can help Rosaura deliver her baby on her own?

5. Why does the solider initially go to see Gertrudis when she is out in the field?

6. Why are Chechna and Tita supposed to be making as many sausages as possible?

7. Why is Tita frantic as she is preparing the meal for the evening when John is coming over?

8. What does Tita do in order to trick the child into sleeping in her own room instead of in the kitchen?

9. What does John ask Tita to do in order to answer the question of why she does not speak?

10. What are some of the features of the wedding cake Tita is making for Pedro's wedding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the main themes within Like Water for Chocolate is the theme of duty and responsibility. Many characters feel they have certain obligations to others and they act accordingly.

Part 1: What are some of the obligations Tita has to others in this book? Cite specific examples of at least three obligations.

Part 2: Why does Mama believe others should be responsible for taking care of her?

Part 3: How do characters demonstrate their duty and their responsibility to others? How is this harmful?

Essay Topic 2

Communication happens in a variety of ways in this story - sometimes through cooking, other times through words, etc.

Part 1: What is the importance of communication in this story? What does it do for the characters?

Part 2: Which type of communication do you think is the strongest form? Why?

Part 3: With all of the different forms of communication, what kinds of problems could result for the characters?

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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