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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 the burro driver tell Juan is "a plague that takes over a person's house the minute they leave"?

2. What place are the people who are lost looking for when they stop by the home of the man and the woman?

3. What does Galileo tell his brother-in-law he needs in order to pay off his debt?

4. Where does Juan first meet the burro driver?

5. Who finds Juan's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the woman think is wrong with the other woman?

2. Describe the memory Pedro has of Susana as he sits in the privy.

3. How does what happens to Toribio Aldrete confirm don Pedro's immoral behavior?

4. What does the woman tell Juan about nights in Comala?

5. Why is Father Rentería conflicted after Miguel's death?

6. What clues are you given as to the boy's family's financial situation?

7. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

8. What is the deal that Abundio and Eduviges make?

9. Why does Fulgor end up working with don Pedro even after don Lucas' death?

10. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The weather is a major part of how Rulfo develops his narrative. Find at least three examples from the novel where the weather, specifically the rain, heat, and wind, builds up the narrative tension in the story. What emotions do the weather conditions reflect or symbolize? How does the weather mirror what is going on with the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Susana represents two sides of our natures: the physical and the spiritual, the body versus the soul. Susana rejects the spiritual realm and instead revels in sensual, corporeal pleasures and sensations. Give at least three examples of the text where Susana remembers a physical, bodily experience. How does her nature affect her fate? Do you think her sensual nature is at all to blame for the nature of her relationship with Pedro? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Don Pedro is a complex character. When the reader is introduced to him as a young boy, he is dreamy, innocent, and consumed with love for Susana. Over time, however, we see Pedro commit evil acts without regards to the feeling of others. Based on what you know about tragic heroes,do consider Pedro a tragic figure? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text and compose an essay addressing the following aspects of his character:

- How do Pedro's emotions affect his actions?

- How do Fulgor's dealings with Pedro show the dual nature of Pedro's character?

- How does Pedro's reactions to Toribio and El Tilucate reveal his dual nature?

- What do you think is behind his unethical behavior? Why does he do the things that he does?

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