Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Eduardo Galeano
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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. What country basically owns the Central American banana industry?

2. What do miners chew to counteract some effects of working in the tin mines?

3. In which country did Emilian Zapata introduce radical agrarian reform?

4. What is silicosis?

5. What was Colombia paid for the erection of the Panama Canal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare modern-day Potosi to the silver-rush Potosi.

2. How did the USA attempt to discourage the world market from purchasing oil from Brazil?

3. Why can many Latin American countries not sustain the developments of manufacture?

4. Why, according to the author, has the USA avoided many of the problems Latin America has faced?

5. What was discovered in the Minas Gerais region?

6. Why was guano, or nitrate, so valuable to Europeans?

7. How did the USA attempt to derail the Brazilian oil market?

8. What illegal activity costs Brazil upwards of $100 million a year?

9. What is silicosis?

10. Describe some of the technological accomplishments of the original inhabitants of Latin American--the Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three major Latin American exports and examine their histories according to the text. Which countries export the products? Which countries purchase the products? How do the products play into the international market? Be sure to relate the histories according to the author.

Essay Topic 2

What is free trade? How was Latin America opened to free trade? How has free trade in Latin America been exploited? Provide three example from the text of free trade gone wrong in Latin America.

Essay Topic 3

"The internal market, limited by the poverty of the masses, cannot sustain the development of manufacturers beyond certain limits" (p. 169). How is this quote applicable again and again in Latin American history? Find three situations where this quote proves true, and unpack the reasons why.

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