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. What is placed in Bendicion Alvarado's hand?

2. What does Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra spend his money on?

3. How had President Lauturo Munoz risen to power?

4. What did the Marines bring with them during their landing in the nation?

5. How many folios of information does Demetrius Aldous compile?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the General's final death.

2. Why does Leticia always receive inferior merchandise from the market?

3. Describe Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra.

4. How does Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra attempt to undermine the General?

5. Explain the significance of yellow fever to the General's position as president.

6. Explain how the Caribbean Sea becomes U.S. property.

7. Describe the successful assassination attempt.

8. What does Bendicion Alvarado try to tell the General as she is dying?

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

10. How does Leticia force the General to marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is renown for his masterful manipulation of magical realism in his fiction. Address the absurd and fantastical elements in the novel. What is the intended effect of these outrageous elements? How does this contribute to the political commentary in the novel? Provide evidence from the novel to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

In Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra, Garcia Marquez provides a significant foil for the General. Discuss the similarities and the contrast between these rivals for the Presidency. Some points of comparison might include each individual's use of violence or terror to control the public, the use of treachery or deceit to gain power, or the relative competence of each individual to perform the task of political leadership. Which is better suited to lead the nation? Provide evidence from the text to support your assertions.

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