The News from Paraguay Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lily Tuck
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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 project does Franco undertake with French colonists on his land?

2. Which of the following characters is NOT one of Ella's ladies in waiting?

3. What effect is the surge of troops having on the people of Paraguay?

4. Why does Franco's father have Carlos arrested?

5. Why does Ella stay behind in Buenos Ayres while Franco travels ahead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Franco declare war against Brazil?

2. How is Ella treated when visiting the opera house Franco has built?

3. What accident befalls Marie while riding horseback to Paraguay?

4. What work does Dr. Mastermind do while the Paraguayan forces are at battle with Brazil?

5. Who is Dona Ines?

6. What happens when Franco tries to start a vineyard in the wooded land near his home?

7. Who is Isabella de Braganza, and what is her relationship to Franco?

8. What is Franco's first act of power in the presidency?

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

10. What happens during the 101-gun salute to Juan Francisco?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ella and Franco had very different childhoods that inevitably led them to each other. Compare and contrast the childhoods that these characters had, and explain how their upbringings irrevocably altered their relationship.

Essay Topic 2

During the war with Brazil, Franco acts very selfishly in regards to the people of his land. Choose two examples of times that Franco puts himself before the people of his land, and explain how these decisions wreaked havoc on the people and land that he was supposed to be protecting.

Essay Topic 3

Franco's proposal to Isabella de Braganza goes terribly wrong. Explain why Franco wanted to propose to this woman and what the reaction to the proposal was from the point of view of AT LEAST three different characters.

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