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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 boy's grandmother want him to do for her?

2. Why does Dolores try to delay her wedding to Pedro?

3. What does Father Rentería do in order to help himself go to sleep?

4. Where is Doña Eduviges' house located?

5. How long have the man and woman been in Comala?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Justina tell Susana she is going to tell don Pedro when he comes?

2. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?

3. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

4. Why are the two women that Juan encounters in the street worried?

5. Why does Susana reject Father Rentería in her last living moments?

6. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?

7. What does the woman tell Juan about the roads leaving from Comala?

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

9. Why does Dorotea say she is no longer interested in the sky?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Don Pedro and Father Rentería are two different examples of characters dealing with the consequences of their actions. Don Pedro seems to live a guiltless life without regret, while Father Rentería is consumed by guilt. Compare and contrast the two characters based on the following:

- What actions in their lives most affect the two characters?

- How do they deal with the consequences of their actions

- Who do you think is the more sympathetic of the characters? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The women in the novel are very vulnerable characters who often are at the mercy of evil, controlling men. Select at least three of the following characters and analyze their place in the context of the novel:

- Dolores

- Eduviges

- Susana

- Damiana

- Donis' sister

Addressing the following questions:

- How does the character react to her fate?

- How is the character motivated by factors related to her gender?

- How do other characters treat her?

- Overall, do you think women are totally powerless in the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Susana's character is revealed to the reader almost entirely through her memories and delusions as heard from her grave. Give examples of the ways in which she is revealed to be losing her mind. Do you think her madness is a protective mechanism against the forces around her or an escape from them? How does Susana's behavior affect those around her, including Father Rentería, Justina, and Pedro? Do you think that Susana is a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

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