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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How did the General rise to power?
2. What color are the General's socks?
3. How much taffeta did Leticia steal?
4. How many enemies did the General suspect of conspiring against him?
5. How long has the General been in power?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss the significance of the animal imagery in the novel. How does Marquez use animals to create an effect? What is this effect? Consider images such as the cow saluting the nation from the balcony in your response. Be sure to bolster your argument with support from the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the way in which Gabriel Garcia Marquez treats politics and dictatorships in the novel. What is he saying about dictatorship? Does his General resemble any historical dictators? If so, what effect does this resemblance have on the purpose of the book? Be sure to provide specific evidence from the text as you write your essay.
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