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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Nestor do as he travels around the country?
(a) Diligently sends letters and gifts to his family.
(b) He forgets about Delores and his children.
(c) He writes to Maria.
(d) He falls in love with another woman.

2. What job do Cesar and Nestor have during the day?
(a) They run a family restaurant.
(b) They work in a meat packing plant.
(c) They sell cars.
(d) They play in a band.

3. How does Cesar feel about his celebrity?
(a) He worries about losing it.
(b) He is ashamed of it.
(c) He basks in it.
(d) He is unsure about it.

4. What is the most important aspect of being in Julian's band, according to Cesar?
(a) The sense of family.
(b) The girls.
(c) The fame acquired.
(d) The money earned.

5. What grants Cesar and Nestor instant fame?
(a) A performance on the Lawrence Welk Show.
(b) A performance for the President of the United States.
(c) Their performances at New York City night clubs.
(d) Their appearance on the "I Love Lucy" show.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Nestor do for a girl he once love?

2. Who eventually joins Delores and her father?

3. What does Nestor hope a family life will do?

4. With whom is Nestor standing in all their youthful prowess?

5. How many times does Nestor "Beautiful Maria of My Soul?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the popularity of the Mambo Kings by 1954.

2. How does Cesar help young Cuban musicians?

3. What does the doctor say is happening to Cesar?

4. How do Eugenio and Leticia treat their uncle? Why do they treat him this way?

5. Describe The Castillo brothers' arrival in New York City in 1949.

6. What happens to Cesar's club?

7. What does Cesar do to a forty-year-old unmarried woman? How does he justify his actions?

8. About what does Cesar begin to hallucinate?

9. How does Cesar feel about asking Lydia out on a date?

10. How does Cesar first meet Lydia?

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