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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Mama Elena's ghost blame for all of the pain that has been caused in the house?
2. When Tita was a child, what was her biggest worry about the holiday she is celebrating?
3. What has happened to Rosaura since the birth of her baby girl?
4. Whose entrance helps to sweep away the ghost of Mama Elena?
5. Who does Chechna return to the ranch with?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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