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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which hostage is no longer worth a bargain?

2. How do the kidnappers get Maruja and Beatriz?

3. Why does Escobar reject the law that gives him immunity from his most feared punishment?

4. To what game does Diana compare the negotiations?

5. What is most surprising about Santos' kidnapping?

Short Essay Questions

1. Escobar promises to release Maruja and Pacho. There are various sources, but Villamizar is ecstatic. One reporter notes with surprise that Alberto can be so trusting. What makes this promise from Escobar believable despite previous promises?

2. Months have passed for the hostages, and it is already a new year for Marina, Maruja, and Beatriz. What consequences are seen from a long hostage stay?

3. Despite a criminal past, how does Escobar show he cares about Father Herreros' respect and opinion.

4. When Beatriz is first imprisoned, the radio announces she is a physical therapist, but the guards think she is a psychotherapist. They refuse to let her write for fear that she is composing a way to make them all go mad. What does this say about the guards?

5. When Pacho learns he is about to be released, he looks over all his notes and tears up all but three of them. He also saves the letters he wrote to his family. Why does he tear all his works up?

6. There are various families working on getting their relatives back. Some work together, others do not. Describe why some families have issues working together to find their families?

7. Alberto Villamizar is Maruja's husband. What is his reaction to the kidnapping?

8. What is Decree 303, and what spurs its placement?

9. Diana compares the negotiations of their lives to a game of chess. How do the Extraditables and the government play a form of chess involving the hostages?

10. The hostages are imprisoned, but on occasions, there are exceptions to the rules. What acts show some sympathy from the kidnappers? How does this make the hostages feel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many of the criminals are very religious, including Escobar, the guards, and household owners who threaten the hostages. Write about how a person can live a criminal life and be religious at the same time.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Colombian government as it was in the late 1980s/early 1990s. What type of government was it? How was it enacted? Write about how the government plays into the lives of drug traffickers and narcoterrorism.

Essay Topic 3

Medellín is known for its slums and high crime rates back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Research crime rates in Medellín and your own local area. Compare and contrast the crime rates and how it affects the people who inhabit the areas.

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