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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 is unusual about the man and woman that Juan meets in the ramshackle house?
2. Who does Chona's lover say he runs off with instead?
3. Where does Juan tell the woman that he is headed?
4. What is sitting next to Juan when he wakes up?
5. Who does don Pedro owe the most money to?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Eduviges and Dolorita promise to die together?
2. Why is Eduviges convinced that Juan does not meet Abundio on the road to Comala?
3. What does the burro driver tell Juan about how don Pedro treats women?
4. How is Comala different from how Juan's mother describes it?
5. How does Fulgor get Dolores to agree to marry Pedro?
6. Why does María Dyada believe that her sister Eduviges is worthy of redemption?
7. Describe the road to Comala.
8. How do Pedro and Dolores part ways?
9. Why does Juan's mother hate having her picture taken?
10. What clues are you given as to the boy's family's financial situation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the themes that runs through the novel is the nature of redemption and hope in a person's life. Select one of the following characters and explain what gives them hope during their lives:
Address how (or if) they are able to find any sort of redemption in the afterlife. How do you know this from the novel?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Eduviges tells Juan that the secret of redemption is to die "when you want to" or else to force God "to take you before your time".
- Why do you think she says this?
- Much of the plot is developed through the stories of the dead. Why do you think Rulfo has ghosts tell the stories? What can we learn from the past? How does this relate to Eduviges' advice?
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