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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 comes to Comala after Susana's death?
3. What does Dorotea say Susana does, "even when she is alive"?
4. Where does Father Rentería go on his walk after Miguel's death?
5. Why can't Bartolomé's body be brought back to be buried?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't don Pedro's lawyer continue holding his papers after he leaves?
2. Describe the night Susana learns of Florencio's death.
3. How does don Pedro avenge his father's death?
4. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?
5. Why does Susana think Father Rentería has come to see her?
6. What does doña Inés want Abundio to tell his dead wife?
7. Why doesn't Abundio's wife get last rites?
8. Describe the memory Susana has in the grave that Juan and Dorotea overhear.
9. What does Father Rentería describe to Susana as she lay dying?
10. What frustrates don Pedro about Susana?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Juan's descent into Comala is like an ascension into hell. Later the reader learns that Comala's dead remain in the town as a purgatory. Select three of the following characters and explain why their ghosts are stuck in Comala:
Address how each of their stories help the reader learn more about Pedro and his life.
Essay Topic 2
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:
- Father Rentería
- Donis' sister
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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