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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 are the only fruits that Father Rentería has been able to grow?
2. What is all that Susana wants of Florencio after his death?
3. Who kills Fulgor?
4. What is don Pedro going to do with his papers since his lawyer won't take them?
5. What is don Pedro doing when Damiana sees him through her window?
Short Essay Questions
1. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?
2. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?
3. Why does Father Rentería feel guilty about Miguel's crimes?
4. What frustrates don Pedro about Susana?
5. Why doesn't Abundio's wife get last rites?
6. How does don Pedro deal with Susana's death?
7. What is unusual about Susana's reaction to her mother's death?
8. Why don't the men of Comala come to the marketplace?
9. What is the mission of the revolutionaries?
10. How does don Pedro deal with the news of Miguel's crimes?
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
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
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?
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