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. Where do Candidó and América store their savings?

2. Who does Delaney hit with his car?

3. What does Candidó swear he will do to the two men who attacked his wife?

4. To whom does Kyra show the Da Ros mansion?

5. Delaney has a flashback to a party held where, two nights earlier?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kyra give Delaney when he helps her close the Da Ros place? What does Delaney tell her when she describes to him why she likes the mansion?

2. What sort of interactions occur in the car between América and the fat man?

3. Where does this story take place?

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

5. Describe Candidó's flashback about Resurrección.

6. Describe the first time Kyra sees Candidó.

7. Describe the flashback Candidó has regarding his encounter with the INS.

8. Why does Delaney drive down to the trails for a hike?

9. Describe the relationships between Delaney, Kyra, and Jordan.

10. What does Delaney think happened to his car while he is hiking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Boyle's story ultimately resolved? Do you think the plot is adequately resolved? In your opinion, what could have been added (or removed) to make it more meaningful?

Essay Topic 2

Critical events in Boyle's story revolve around the Thanksgiving holiday, and the term "pilgrim" is mentioned at least twice throughout the story. Why do you think Boyle chose Thanksgiving and pilgrims in this particular book? What sort of meanings are attached to the terms? How do those meanings relate to the themes of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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