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. What happens to Chechna as she goes to talk to Mama?

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

3. What does Tita drop as soon as she sees Rosaura watching her?

4. What are Tita and Chechna shelling for the big wedding day?

5. Who was always in the kitchen, ready to give Tita a match whenever she needed it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Tita has cried into the wedding cake, her tears seem to have a magical effect on the guests, causing them to feel their lost loves and to become violently ill.

Part 1: Do you think the sickness described in this particular scene could have actually happened? Why or why not?

Part 2: If the author is simply using magical realism to tell the story, why would they have done so?

Part 3: Does the fact that this scene does not seem possible affect its importance to the story or to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Mama seems to have a different way of dealing with problems than others do. She seems to be a bit of a controlling woman.

Part 1: Why does Mama not want to have anything to do with Gertrudius anymore?

Part 2: Why does Mama make Tita sit up top in the empty dovecote?

Part 3: Why might Mama feel the need to be so controlling of her own daughters?

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