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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. Why do the men who carry Miguel's coffin complaining after his burial?

2. Who tells Juan where to stay while in Comala?

3. What does Miguel tell Ana about why he comes to her window?

4. What does Damiana do when she happens upon a wake?

5. What does Damiana say she hears "night after night"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does María Dyada believe that her sister Eduviges is worthy of redemption?

2. Why does don Pedro want to marry Dolores?

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

4. What is Dorotea's first dream?

5. What does Juan Preciado hope to accomplish by finding his father?

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

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

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

9. Describe the encounter between Father Rentería and María Dyada after Eduviges' death.

10. What does Damiana tell Juan about Comala?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sorrow is seen as an omnipresent and necessary part of life in Comala. Explain the characters' experience of sorrow in each of the following examples:

- Susana's mourning of Florencio

- Dorotea's sorrow over her unborn child

- Pedro's mourning over Susana

- Abundio's mourning over his wife

What are the consequences of each of these losses? How does the sorrow affect the lives of the ones left living? Would you agree that sorrow is necessary in life? Why or why not?

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

As Juan Preciado explains when he realizes that he is being haunted, "I don't know. I see things and people where you may not see anything." The people of Comala are literally being haunted by the ghosts of the dead, but the novel also shows how the characters are figuratively haunted by memories of their past, by their regrets and by the actions of other. Select at least three of the following characters and explain what memories they are haunted by:

- Pedro

- Susana

- Father Rentería

- Dorotea

- Donis' sister

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