Paula Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 gift does Allende remember getting for Christmas one year?

2. In what country was Allende visiting when she was notified about her daughter?

3. Where did Allende's family live?

4. How was Allende informed that her daughter was ill?

5. What does Allende's mother give her to express herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the result of Allende's affair?

2. When did writing become an expression for Allende?

3. What is Paula's condition at this point in time?

4. What is Allende's wish for Paula now and what does Allende say she tries to do to make it happen?

5. What are Ernesto's perceptions of Paula at this point in time?

6. What does Allende do when her daughter slips into a coma?

7. What are some of the positive and negative effects of Salvador Allende's election to president of Chile?

8. Describe the format of the book.

9. How do Allende and Ernesto both let go of Paula?

10. Explain some of Allende's activities in Chile that put her family in danger.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think are the three main joys in Allende's life? Cite examples to support your answers. Explain how Allende grows from these experiences.

Essay Topic 2

What was the nature of the military takeover in Chile in the 1970s? Explain the political climate as well as the impact of the military coups on average citizens like Allende and her family. What is Allende's view on this time period in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Allende is a creative woman who lives an unconventional life. Do you think Allende could indulge her idiosyncrasies because her family's lifestyle allowed it? Or would Allende have found some outlet for her quirkiness regardless of her station in life? How much is financial status an issue in living the life that one pleases as opposed to the life one is obligated to live?

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