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 resource was at the center of the city of Potosi's prosperity?

2. What states, originally belonging to Mexico, did the USA claim?

3. Who was Aleijadinho?

4. Without its acquisition of Brazilian gold from Portugal, what major conflict would England surely have lost?

5. How much has Caracas grown in thirty years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is responsible for the collapse of Brazil's rubber industry?

2. What is a "pongo"?

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

4. What were some of the major accomplishments, etc, that Latin American sugar and slave trade contributed to directly?

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

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

7. What is silicosis?

8. Though coffee and petroleum are invaluable on a world market, why does Latin America still not profit from having these resources in abundance?

9. What drove Spain to finance Columbus' expedition?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the beginnings of the conquest of Latin America. What factors led the Spanish to finance Columbus's trip? What were the results of that voyage? What were the missions of Cortez and Pizarro? How did the natives react to the invasion? What were the factors in the defeat of the great civilizations of Latin America?

Essay Topic 2

Has Galeano's novel changed your worldview? Why or why not? What was the most surprising thing you read in the novel? Are you morally opposed to anything that you read? Why or why not? Feel free to use properly cited quotations from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The author has a powerful point of view throughout the text. Choose three specific instances that you feel the author is making his voice clear. What are his opinions throughout the work? How are is points effective for the reader?

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