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

2. How much taffeta did Leticia steal?

3. According to popular rumor, what does Lord Kochel eat?

4. What act of state importance does Emanuel perform from his baby carriage?

5. How does Leticia Nazareno respond when the General calls her name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Leticia always receive inferior merchandise from the market?

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

7. Describe the encounter between the General and the school girl narrator in Chapter 6.

8. Describe the successful assassination attempt.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rapes and coerced sex occur throughout the novel. How does Garcia Marquez treat sexual assault? How does it affect the novel's portrayal of women? Of the General? How does the sinner/saint dynamic play out in this novel, considering the frequent rapes? Support your argument with 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

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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