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. Who seems more fatalistic about Paula's possible death?

2. What does Allende believe her task is at this point?

3. Who is Ernesto?

4. Where would Tata take Allende and her brothers sometimes?

5. What did Tio Ramon do for Allende's mother and brothers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Allende's parents.

2. How does Allende's distress about Paula exhibit in dreams?

3. How does Allende describe her time in Caracas?

4. What is the setting for this section of the book?

5. How does Allende explain her love for writing and telling stories?

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

7. Explain the courtship between Allende and her first husband, Michael.

8. What was life like for the newly-married Allende and her first husband, Michael?

9. What is Paula's initial diagnosis and how does Allende feel when she realizes the nature of her daughter's illness?

10. How did Allende come to know Salvador Allende, the future president of Chile?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the author's use of point of view in this story. Identify the point of view used and explain why this book qualifies. How would the book have changed if the author had selected a different point of view?

Essay Topic 2

Allende's story has some very important themes that run throughout the book. Cite at least three themes with examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the irony of Allende's daughter-in-law giving birth to her first child in the room where Paula will be brought to live out the balance of her life. Explain why this is an example of the circle of life and why Allende is particularly in tune with elements of nature and spirit.

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