The Tortilla Curtain Test | Mid-Book 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. Of what does Delaney accuse Jack Jardine as they discuss the security gate?

2. How much money does Candidó make the first day of working for Al Lopez?

3. What parts of the car are damaged?

4. Who does Delaney hit with his car?

5. What is characteristic of the man Delaney sees in the parking lot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Delaney's encounter at Arroyo Blanco Estates with the Mexican who wears his hat backward.

2. How does Delaney perceive fall weather in Los Angeles?

3. Describe the first interaction between Delaney and Candidó.

4. Where does this story take place?

5. What occurs after Delaney enters América's and Candidó's shack with his gun?

6. Is the security fence effective in keeping out coyotes from residents' yards? How do you know?

7. Describe América's interaction with the light-skinned Mexican at the labor exchange.

8. Describe how Candidó acquires a frozen turkey.

9. Describe how the two Mexicans come to be arrested by the police.

10. What does Candidó do after he decides that the current campsite is not safe enough for him and América?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Delaney and Candidó. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 2

Kyra and América are two women in the same town, yet are very different in numerous ways. Compare and contrast the two female characters by using specific examples from Boyle's book.

Essay Topic 3

How do specific characters conform to expectations of those around them in Boyle's story? In what context does this occur? What is the author seeming to say about the impact that conformation may have on relationships between people?

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