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 Death wearing when she arrives?

2. What prompts the General to have all of Leticia's food inspected?

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

4. What does the General do after his mother dies?

5. What name does Bendicion receive after the General sets up a cult in her honor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Monsignor Demetrius Aldous discover about Bendicion Alvarado?

3. How does Monsignor Demetrius Aldous investigate Bendicion Alvarado for sainthood?

4. After he has finished with the school girl, how does the General deal with her?

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

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

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

8. Describe Jose Ignacio Saenz de la Barra.

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

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

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

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 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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