The Underdogs a Novel of the Mexican Revolution Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the character of Demetrio Macias' wife.

The reader only meets Demetrio Macias' wife in the first brief section of the book and in the final scene. She is described as "fearless" in the face of the men who invade her property, "furious" at the shooting of her dog. She advises her husband to kill the men who invade the property, and ultimately begs Demetrio Macias to give up the revolution.

2. What does the shooting of the dog named "Palomo, the dove," symbolize?

The shooting of the dog named "Palomo, the dove," could symbolize the death of peace and the beginning of war for this family. The dove is a traditional symbol of peace.

3. How does the author describe the Sierra?

The author describes the Sierra with words like "a lake of gold," "fantastic," and "roses dawned like a white offering to the star beginning to spread its golden tendrils from stone to stone." The description of the beauty of the Sierra stands in stark contrast to the life of Demetrio Macias, who sleeps in the dirt between boulders.

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