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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 Justina doing as Susana talks to her?
2. Where does Father Rentería go on his walk after Miguel's death?
3. Who owns the store that Abundio goes into?
4. Why doesn't anyone come to mourn for Susana's mother after her death?
5. When Father Rentería returns from his walk, who does he learn is waiting for him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Justina tell Susana she is going to tell don Pedro when he comes?
2. What does doña Inés want Abundio to tell his dead wife?
3. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?
4. Why don't the men of Comala come to the marketplace?
5. How does don Pedro avenge his father's death?
6. Why does Father Rentería feel guilty about Miguel's crimes?
7. Why do Angeles and Fausta think Susana doesn't need confess her sins?
8. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?
9. Why is Villalpando in such a bad mood?
10. What is unusual about Susana's reaction to her mother's death?
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
The women in the novel are very vulnerable characters who often are at the mercy of evil, controlling men. Select at least three of the following characters and analyze their place in the context of the novel:
- Donis' sister
Addressing the following questions:
- How does the character react to her fate?
- How is the character motivated by factors related to her gender?
- How do other characters treat her?
- Overall, do you think women are totally powerless in the novel? Why or why not?
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