Like Water for Chocolate 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. Pedro senses Tita's _____________ to get back down to the kitchen.

2. Why is Tita especially distracted when she is in the kitchen?

3. Where does the child like to sleep when Tita is cooking?

4. When Tita was a child, what was her biggest worry about the holiday she is celebrating?

5. For whom is Tita making the cream fritters mentioned in the title of this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's interesting to watch the story unfold as the reader sees a group of strong women dominating the narrative. This is much different from the typical stories most of us are told.

Part 1: Why do you think the women of the family in this story are so strong? What might the reason be?

Part 2: In what ways are the women of the story strong? How do each of the family members - Mama, Tita, Gertrudius, and Rosaura each demonstrate their strength?

Part 3: How might the story have been different had the characters not been as strong?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The ending of the story seems to be confusing for those who read this book. After all, it seems like the characters die and nothing is left but ashes.

Part 1: How do you interpret the ending of the story?

Part 2: What are some other meanings the author might have had for the ending of the book?

Part 3: Does this ending seem suitable to Tita and Pedro? Why or why not?

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