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. Where does the General get his socks?

2. How many enemies did the General suspect of conspiring against him?

3. Who poses as a student and sleeps with the General?

4. After Leticia's funeral, what does the General do to the birds?

5. What adorns the General's chest, as his body lies on the banquet table?

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. Describe the successful assassination attempt.

4. Describe the circumstances under which the General meets Leticia Nazareno.

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

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

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

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

9. How is Bendicion Alvarado mourned?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Garcia Marquez has focused his novel entirely on a totalitarian dictator who maintains control over the nation for decades, if not centuries. As such, power is a central theme in the novel. What is Garcia Marquez's commentary on the nature of power, absolute power, and/or political power? How does the interplay of power between the General and various characters factor into this commentary? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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