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. What happens to Candidó when he drinks the dirty water?

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

3. Who or what does Candidó protect from being attacked by men in Topanga State Park?

4. Of what does Delaney accuse Jack Jardine as they discuss the security gate?

5. Whose death does the accident victim hallucinate about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kyra come to decide that the 'real' money is in developing rather than in real estate?

3. What does Dominick Flood do when the fire breaks out? How do we know?

4. Describe the first interaction between Delaney and Candidó.

5. Why is Delaney's car hit by a pickup truck?

6. Describe the relationship between América and Candidó.

7. Describe the scene at Dominick Flood's home on Thanksgiving.

8. How does Candidó become ill at the campsite?

9. What is Delaney's response to Kyra's report that she called the police about the group of Mexicans outside the convenience store?

10. Describe Kyra's relationship with the Da Ros place.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The title of Boyle's work, "The Tortilla Curtain," does not obviously communicate the theme of his book. In your opinion, why does Boyle choose this particular title for his work? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

Essay Topic 2

Boyle's book revolves around ethical and moral issues as well as questions regarding ethical boundaries. What ethical boundaries are breached or broken in this story? Does this happen because of necessity or simple ignorance? Identify one ethical boundary and defend the character's reasoning for breaking it.

Essay Topic 3

In the initial part of the book, Delaney is firmly against the construction of a security fence around his neighborhood. How does his opinion change over time and why? What influences does he encounter that result in these fluctuations?

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