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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. In what vehicle did Allende, Michael and Paula travel around Europe?

2. Who dies when Allende is very young?

3. In what city do Allende, her mother and brothers live with Tio Ramon while he works at the Chilean embassy?

4. In what country in Europe did Allende, Michael and Paula live?

5. What was not hidden in Tio Ramon's wardrobe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the format of the book.

2. What was the nature of Allende's affair with a married man in Caracas?

3. How did Tio Ramon come to be a father figure for Allende?

4. What happens to Allende's family after the death of Meme?

5. What does Allende reveal about her love for nature and how she first came to realize it?

6. What are the circumstances that bring Allende back in contact with her father and his side of the family?

7. What other relatives come to the hospital to visit Paula?

8. Describe Allende's son, Nicolas, during his teenage years in Caracas.

9. How did Allende use art as a form of expression as a young girl?

10. How does Paula die?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What was the nature of Meme's spirituality? How did it exhibit? Do you think it was authentic? Or was it the vivid imagination of a gifted storyteller? Explain.

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's work is sometimes categorized as magic realism. Explain what that means to you and why it is a common categorization for Latin writers especially. Cite an example that supports this classification of Allende's writing.

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