Short Essay Answer Key
1. About what is "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love?"
It is a story of Cesar and Nestor Castillo, two brothers who come to America from Cuba in 1949 in their quest for a better life and the chance to play their mambo music.
2. Why does Cesar want to drink himself to death?
He is tired of living with the body of an old man whose machismo is long gone.
3. Describe The Castillo brothers' arrival in New York City in 1949.
They are completely unprepared for the harsh realities of life in New York City, beginning with the snow that greeted them and soaked through their thin overcoats. They live in an apartment with their cousin, Pablo, and his family, work in a meat packing plant by day, and play their music in clubs at night.
4. Who is Maria?
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