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 happens when the General refuses to allow U.S. troops into the nation?

2. What does Ambassador Eberhart give the General as a distraction from the bad business deal?

3. What happens when Leticia touches fresh market goods?

4. Under which code of "law" does Leticia operate?

5. What is disguised as as vase of six sunflowers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra.

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

4. What happens to Monsignor Demetrius Aldous as he concludes his investigation of the General's mother?

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

6. How does the General decide to restore the Church to the nation?

7. At the end of his life, how does the General feel about power?

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

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

10. How does the General defeat Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra's attempted coup?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of repetition in the novel. This, unlike many other works of fiction, is a novel loaded with motifs and repeated descriptions of events. How does this affect the overall structure of the work? What does this technique contribute to Garcia's overall message in the work. Use specific evidence from the text to support your claims.

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

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.

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