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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the previous dictator of Paraguay order people to stay in their homes while he travels?
(a) He was hideously ugly and didn't want his people to see him.
(b) He was so afraid of being killed.
(c) He was afraid of catching their diseases.
(d) He was constantly being robbed.

2. At the opening of the novel, where does Ella live?
(a) In Russia.
(b) In Ireland.
(c) In Paris.
(d) In Paraguay.

3. What does Pancho do when he finally catches his younger brother in the garden?
(a) He gives him a giant hug.
(b) He slaps his brother across the face.
(c) He buries him in a deep hole.
(d) He pleads with his brother to treat him more kindly.

4. Which war does Dimitri leave Ella to go fight?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) The First World War.
(c) The Crimean War.
(d) The Balkan War.

5. Who writes letters home to Yvette pretending to be Maria?
(a) Ella.
(b) Maria Olivia.
(c) Dona Ines.
(d) Rosaria.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what city of Paraguay do Franco and his family live?

2. What do many of the Paraguayan soldiers suffer from due to their diet?

3. Where does Franco begin training his troops to fight?

4. Which adjective does Franco use to describe his sisters?

5. What does Dona Ines' father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ella pass her time while she is living alone in Buenos Ayres?

2. How does Pancho treat his younger brother Carlos while they are playing in the garden?

3. What conflict does Ella undertake when she decides she wants to leave Franco?

4. What happens when Ella and her children are sent to relocate to the small town of Pikysyry?

5. Who is Frederick Mastermind?

6. What events does Franco partake in while at the border of Argentina, in Cerro Leon?

7. What is life like for Ella and Dimitri before he leaves to fight in the war?

8. Who is Carmencita, and what is her relationship to Franco?

9. How do the Paraguayan forces conduct themselves in battle with Brazil?

10. How do Franco's sisters treat Ella upon her arrival to Paraguay?

(see the answer keys)

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