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. Tita asks Chechna to tell her Mama that she is not going to _____________.

2. What is different about the room in which Tita stores the pots?

3. Who does Mama Elena's ghost blame for all of the pain that has been caused in the house?

4. What signals the presence of Mama Elena's ghost in the room with Tita?

5. What explodes and causes Pedro to become badly burned?

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

Tears seem to play an important role in this story as well. They seem to creep up not only in sad times, but also in happy times as well.

Part 1: In what ways are tears healing in this story?

Part 2: in what ways are tears painful within this story?

Part 3: How can tears provide both functions? Why does Tita in particular need tears to provide both functions?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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