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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 does don Pedro and Susana do together when they are young?
2. Who is supposedly killed El Tilcuate?
3. What is Justina doing as Susana talks to her?
4. What does Dorotea say Susana does, "even when she is alive"?
5. What are the only fruits that Father Rentería has been able to grow?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Gerardo's wife tell him before he visits don Pedro?
2. Why is Fulgor Sedano happy about the rain?
3. Why doesn't Abundio's wife get last rites?
4. Why does Father Rentería feel guilty about Miguel's crimes?
5. How does don Pedro deal with Susana's death?
6. When the reader first hears Susana's narrative, where does she think she is?
7. Why does don Pedro want Susana's father to disappear in the mines?
8. What deal does don Pedro make with Susana's father?
9. What happens when the revolutionaries come to don Pedro's house?
10. Why doesn't don Pedro's lawyer continue holding his papers after he leaves?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rulfo uses the historical context of the 1910-1920 Mexican Civil War to frame his novel. Based on what you learn about the Revolution and on your reading of the novel, do you think this revolution is a true revolution of the peasants or is it based on other less lofty ideals? Explain Pedro's, El Tilcuate's and Father Rentería's role in the Revolution. What does each of their roles in the Revolution reveal about their character?
Essay Topic 2
Don Pedro and Father Rentería are two different examples of characters dealing with the consequences of their actions. Don Pedro seems to live a guiltless life without regret, while Father Rentería is consumed by guilt. Compare and contrast the two characters based on the following:
- What actions in their lives most affect the two characters?
- How do they deal with the consequences of their actions
- Who do you think is the more sympathetic of the characters? Why?
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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