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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 comes to comfort Susana after she learns of her father's death?
2. What does don Pedro give the lawyer for his troubles?
3. What does Dorotea say Susana does, "even when she is alive"?
4. Where do don Pedro and Fulgor send Susana's father?
5. What does Susana's mother die of?
Short Essay Questions
1. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?
2. What does Justina tell Susana she is going to tell don Pedro when he comes?
3. Describe the memory Susana has in the grave that Juan and Dorotea overhear.
4. Why does Susana think Father Rentería has come to see her?
5. Why do Angeles and Fausta think Susana doesn't need confess her sins?
6. Why does Susana reject Father Rentería in her last living moments?
7. Why doesn't Abundio's wife get last rites?
8. Explain Bartolomé's relationship with Susana.
9. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?
10. What does Gerardo's wife tell him before he visits don Pedro?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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