The Autumn of the Patriarch 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. Which animal part are the General's hands compared to?

2. Which of the following is not a means of death met by the men who sacked the Presidential Palace?

3. What do the signs in the main square read as they celebrate both the General's believed death and his discovered health?

4. In which month was the Presidential Palace inaugurated?

5. Why does the General become uneasy after the palace is sacked?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the General's "first death"? Describe the circumstances and provide details.

2. How does the General respond to Patricio Aragones's dying diatribe?

3. What is accomplished at the meeting between the Minister of Health, the Minister of Defense, Manuela Sanchez, and the General?

4. How does Patricio Aragones become the General's double?

5. What does the General do with the two thousand children whose continued existence would threaten the General's position as president?

6. How are the leaders of a failed rebellion killed?

7. When the hurricane has passed, what does the General do to bolster rebuilding efforts?

8. Why does the General stop appearing in the city alongside the group of senators?

9. How does the General prepare for the coming hurricane?

10. Discuss the significance of the cows in the opening scene.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because the novel spans such a vast period of time, much changes in the course of its plot. As the nation moves forward in history, technology encroaches on the traditional ways of life. Discuss the integration and appearance of technology in the novel. Consider the General's fascination with the gadgets he gives to Manuela Sanchez or the television campaign Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra launches against the General. How does technology creep into the novel? What is the overall effect on the work as a whole? Be sure to provide specific evidence to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

The human and the supernatural are juxtaposed in this novel. Discuss the role of religion, fate and omens in the novel. How do these notions factor into the plot of the novel and the overall message of the work? How is religion treated in the novel? How does the General respond to fate and markers of that fate? Provide support from the novel to strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Rapes and coerced sex occur throughout the novel. How does Garcia Marquez treat sexual assault? How does it affect the novel's portrayal of women? Of the General? How does the sinner/saint dynamic play out in this novel, considering the frequent rapes? Support your argument with evidence from the novel.

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