The Autumn of the Patriarch Test | Final 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. Convinced of his mother's holiness, the General writes to which city to begin the canonization process?

2. What happened to the cause of Bendicion Alvarado?

3. Which man has the gall to win at dominoes against the General without permission?

4. What about the General's hands indicated he would be king?

5. How does the General learn to read?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the General learn how to read?

2. How is Bendicion Alvarado mourned?

3. Explain the conditions under which Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra is allowed to operate the torture chamber.

4. Why does the General's plan to overthrow the U.S. forces fail?

5. Who is actually running the government by the end of Chapter 5?

6. How does Leticia Nazareno's relationship with the General begin?

7. Describe the first assassination attempt against the General's wife and son.

8. What are the contents of the sack which appears to be full of coconuts?

9. Describe the occurrence the General believes to be a miracle.

10. How are the creditors treated when they arrive at the palace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the treatment of children in this novel. At various stages of the General's rule, we are confronted with potentially disturbing treatment of children. From the indiscriminate fathering of thousands of children to the imprisonment and slaughter of the two thousand children under seven whose job it is to control the lottery, the General commits many acts of violence against children. Why does Garcia Marquez include these acts in the novel? What does this treatment accomplish? How does it affect our perception of the General? Provide specific details from the novel as support for your claims.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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