Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Test | Final 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 was the significance of the land the USA purchased from Brazil?

2. Who was the nitrate King?

3. What book is Maria Carolina de Jesus famous for writing?

4. How many votes, compared to the USA, do Latin American countries have in IMF?

5. Where is the copper in Chile located?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the author, how do Latin American countries still identify themselves?

2. Describe the three "heartening" examples Galeano provides about the people's reception of his book.

3. Why did the USA begin to take over interests in Latin America?

4. Why, according to Galeano, has he written this book?

5. What is Latin America's chief export?

6. What are "negative lists"?

7. Why, once prosperous, is Paraguay today an extremely poor and backward country?

8. How does the international market separate buyers?

9. Why is Latin America unable to expand its trade horizon?

10. After Latin America was liberated from Spain, what country inherited its reins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one Latin American revolutionary to explore. Who was this person? What country did he belong to? What major issues did he represent? What is the current public opinions of this person? What are the author's opinions of this person? What are your opinions of this person? Be sure to use properly cited quotations from the text.

Essay Topic 2

How has the coffee industry helped Latin American economy? How has it hurt Latin American economy throughout the ages? Who really profits from the coffee trade? What Latin American countries are the largest exporters of coffee? Has coffee contributed to the Latin American "hunger wages"? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Jose Artigas? What is agrarian reform? What policies did he attempt to put into place? What world forces did he oppose? What was the agrarian reform of 1815? What ultimately happened to Artigas? How is Artigas view in Latin America today?

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