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. How does Patricio Aragones die?

2. Where is it said that Manuela retreated to?

3. What does the General flavor his water with?

4. Benedicion Alvarado screamed in horror because the walls perpetually oozed which of the following after the banquet?

5. When does the General renovate the dogfight district?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who were the Federalists?

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

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

5. After the U.S. occupiers leave, why is Bendicion Alvarado unhappy?

6. How do the people react to the General's second death? Why do they react this way?

7. What happens to the Defense Minister?

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

9. How does Saturno Santos come to work for the General and why must he stop?

10. Why does the General restore the March poetry contest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Garcia Marquez introduces subtle commentary on the U.S. presence in Latin America. Identify the moments in which Garcia Marquez introduces his critique and discuss how he integrates it into the text. What is his central message concerning U.S. intervention or interference in Latin American politics? Which characters or events most consistently bolster this critique? Be sure to bolster your argument with details from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Death is a consistent motif throughout the entire novel. Main characters die gruesome deaths and the General's death is described in vivid detail throughout the novel. How does death, especially the General's repeated deaths, play into the novel as a whole? Consider the repetition of the moments of death as well as the death imagery which pervades the novel. Be sure to focus your critique on specific evidence from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

How does Garcia Marquez handle violence in this novel? Why do so many characters meet such violent--often undeserved--ends? Think, for instance, of the two thousand children under the age of seven. Is this violence gratuitous, or does it contribute to a greater political statement? Support your answers using evidence from the novel.

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