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. With what does Candidó build their new shelter?

2. Who or what reportedly attacks Sunny DiMandia?

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

4. Where does Delaney meet Kyra for lunch?

5. Which of the following best characterizes the conversation Delaney has with the person he encounters on the trail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Delaney's plan for catching anyone who comes near the gate?

2. What happens to Candidó in the parking lot of the Chinese grocery?

3. What is Delaney's encounter with the light-skinned Mexican and his friend like?

4. Describe Candidó's and América's experiences at Canoga Park.

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

6. Describe Candidó's flashback about Resurrección.

7. What does Candidó do after he realizes that the labor exchange has been torn down?

8. How does Candidó become ill at the campsite?

9. Describe the circumstances in which Delaney meets Dominick Flood.

10. Why does Candidó think América needs more protein? How does he make sure she gets enough protein?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the experience of Candidó and América in the first part of the book from the point at which Candidó is hit by a car to the point at which he is recovered from his injuries. What is it like for them to be living in the United States? What are the advantages and disadvantages of their current living and employment situations?

Essay Topic 2

Which character in Boyle's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 3

Characters' names are symbolic in this story. Choose two characters and describe what their names symbolize. Why would Boyle choose these particular names for the characters?

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