So Far from God Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Fe destined to marry?

2. Why hasn't Sofi felt comfortable leaving the house over the previous twenty years?

3. When does Caridad begin her first pilgrimage?

4. Which character is a tarot reader and "pseudo-poet"?

5. What is a bulto?

Short Essay Questions

1. What events lead up to Caridad's horse's death?

2. How does the author illustrate the idea of infinite existence in the story of Maria and Helena?

3. Describe the interaction between Francisco and Esmeralda in Chapter 12.

4. How is La Loca depicted as a sort of embodiment of Jesus?

5. Why is it important to La Loca when Fe asks her to teach her how to cook?

6. What sign does Francisco see outside Caridad's door?

7. Describe the cooperative that Sofi and her neighbor develop.

8. Elaborate on the scene in which Caridad falls in love for the first time since Memo.

9. Do you think Caridad and Esmeralda die? Why or why not?

10. How does Caridad "reject men and embrace spirituality" in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How did characters respond to the climax? What did Castillo include in her story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 2

The church plays a very significant role in the lives of Castillo's characters, even if most of the story does not refer directly to organized religion. What distinction do you think Castillo would make between religion and spirituality? Do you think she would claim that one is superior over the other? What role does religion play in the lives of Sofi and her daughters, as opposed to spirituality?

Essay Topic 3

Magical realism is an important aspect of Castillo's work. How is this technique used to tell the story of Sofi and her daughters? What does magical realism contribute to the effect of Castillo's work on readers? How does she incorporate it into the greater work?

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