The Tortilla Curtain Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Delaney overhear Jack, Jr., saying about Mexican girls?

2. What does Kyra give as her main reason for supporting the construction of a stone wall?

3. Why does Kyra pull off the side of the road?

4. Why does Delaney attack the man in the baseball cap?

5. Why doesn't Delaney commit to openly opposing the wall?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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