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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 does Allende take to help her sleep at night?

2. Allende bases a character in which of her books on her grandmother?

3. What was Allende doing when notified about her daughter?

4. What happens when Allende's father is involved in scandals in Peru?

5. How old was Allende when she married her first husband, Michael?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Allende so grateful to have her mother with her in the hospital for a short while?

2. What does Allende recall about the political unrest in Lebanon where the family was living in the late 1950s?

3. How did Shakespeare's plays influence Allende's writing?

4. How does Allende describe her time in Caracas?

5. Why does Allende decide to write this book?

6. What loving acts do Paula's family members do prior to her death?

7. What are the details of transporting Paula to San Francisco and what is her medical state during the transfer?

8. Explain the spiritual connection Allende has with Paula at this time.

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

10. Describe Tio Ramon's infatuation with Paula.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship of mothers and daughters is of obvious importance to Allende. Briefly describe the relationship between Paula and her mother. What lessons did her mother impart to her that become invaluable in her own relationship with her daughter, Paula? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the irony of Allende's mother leaving her first husband because of scandal yet never marrying Tio Ramon with whom she lived as husband and wife. Why did she make these decisions and why is it a situation of irony? Can you cite any other examples of irony in Allende's story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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