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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. Where do don Pedro and Fulgor send Susana's father?
2. What does don Pedro tell the revolutionaries who come asking for money?
3. Who does don Pedro summon to see him in order to discuss the revolution?
4. What do the women in the town notice about Susana's window?
5. In what month does Susana die?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't Abundio's wife get last rites?
2. Why don't the men of Comala come to the marketplace?
3. How does don Pedro deal with Susana's death?
4. How does Fulgor compare Miguel to don Pedro?
5. What does Father Rentería describe to Susana as she lay dying?
6. Why does Dorotea say she is no longer interested in the sky?
7. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?
8. What is unusual about Susana's reaction to her mother's death?
9. Why does don Pedro want Susana's father to disappear in the mines?
10. Why do Angeles and Fausta think Susana doesn't need confess her sins?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the novel, Pedro thinks: "Nothing can last forever. There isn't any memory, no matter how intense, that doesn't fade out at last" (95). Do you agree with this? Cite evidence from the text that supports your conclusion. Do any of the memories that affect the characters lives fade out? Which memories do not fade away? How do these memories affect the characters' fates?
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
The Roman Catholic religion, as embodied by Father Rentería, is critiqued throughout the novel. What is the role of religion in the lives of the people of Comala? Does it provide a solace or is it more based on fear of damnation? Which characters are most affected by their faith? What characters are affected the least? Explain how Father Rentería is seen as both a positive and negative symbol of church. Use specific examples from the text.
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