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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the federal colonel do to punish Luis Cervantes when he finds him asleep?
(a) Sends him to work in the kitchen.
(b) Sends him to the general.
(c) Sends him to the brig.
(d) Sends him to the firing squad.

2. Why had Don Monico come to arrest Demetrio Macias?
(a) Demetrio Macias killed Felipe Diaz.
(b) Demetrio Macias killed a man in a bar fight.
(c) Demetrio Macias was a Maderista.
(d) Demetrio Macias was a witness to a murder.

3. How many battles has the leader of the Federal soldiers fought?
(a) Twelve.
(b) One.
(c) Five.
(d) Seven.

4. How does Luis Cervantes address Demetrio Macias?
(a) Dear Leader.
(b) Capitan.
(c) Compadre.
(d) Comrade.

5. What moves Luis Cervantes to change sides in the conflict?
(a) The chance to get loot.
(b) The chance for the respect of the people.
(c) The suffering of the dispossessed.
(d) The hope of fighting on the winning side.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Camila want to go with Demetrio Macias?

2. What does Luis Cervantes begin to suspect about the revolutionaries?

3. Demetrio Macias says that you find out who your true friends are in __________________.

4. What does Pancracio do to Luis Cervantes when he approaches the camp?

5. How many rifles do Demetrio Macias' men have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Luis Cervantes try to persuade Demetrio Macias to do as they approach the town where they are planning to attack the Federal soldiers?

2. How does Crispin Robles recruit men to fight for the cause?

3. How did General Natera react to Demetrio Macias' arrival in Zacatecas?

4. Describe the character of Demetrio Macias' wife.

5. How did Luis Cervantes change his allegiance from the Federal army?

6. Who are Serapio and Antonio?

7. What kind of atmosphere is created as the rebels loot bodies of the soldiers they have killed?

8. How does Camila expect Luis Cervantes to react when she tells him that Demetrio Macias has been flirting with her?

9. The author uses the words "gold" or "golden" several times in his description of the Sierra. What symbolism might there be in calling the calf they are preparing to eat "golden?"

10. What had offended Luis Cervantes during his time with the Federal army?

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