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. In his old age, the General is compared to which animals?

2. When was the last time the General was seen in public?

3. What does the first bulletin released after the General's death declare?

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

5. What happened to the cause of Bendicion Alvarado?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. After the Papal Nuncio decides that the event was not a miracle, what happens to him?

5. Why does the General order the Church and its clergy to be expelled from the nation and how is this accomplished?

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

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

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

9. How does the General learn how to read?

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

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

Because the novel spans such a vast period of time, much changes in the course of its plot. As the nation moves forward in history, technology encroaches on the traditional ways of life. Discuss the integration and appearance of technology in the novel. Consider the General's fascination with the gadgets he gives to Manuela Sanchez or the television campaign Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra launches against the General. How does technology creep into the novel? What is the overall effect on the work as a whole? Be sure to provide specific evidence to support your argument.

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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