The Underdogs a Novel of the Mexican Revolution 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 do Demetrio Macias' men do when they find Serapio and Antonio, who were thought to be lost, hanged?

2. To whom does the young carpenter who has been conscripted into the army pray?

3. How many men are riding with Demetrio Macias?

4. What does Camila call Demetrio Macias?

5. What do Demetrio Macias' men plan to do if they outnumber the Federal soldiers?

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

3. Describe the leader of the Federal soldiers.

4. How does Luis Cervantes escape being shot to death by Demetrio Macias' men?

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

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

7. How does the author describe the Sierra?

8. How were Demetrio Macias and his men able to get the drop on the Federal soldiers in the barracks?

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

10. Why does the villager tell Demetrio Macias that it doesn't matter how many Federal soldiers are in the barracks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the translator's use of diction in this story. In attempting to recreate a casual form of Spanish, the translator has written in a dialect that includes many contractions and shortened forms of words. Use examples in your essay as you discuss the following question: Is this successful in making the characters sound like uneducated country people? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The foreword to this book begins with the quotation, "Revolutions begin fighting tyranny and end fighting themselves." Discuss what the various characters in the story believed themselves to be fighting for and against. Are they united in their intentions and understanding of what they are doing? Why or why not? Do their intentions and understanding of what they are fighting for and against change in the course of the story?

Essay Topic 3

There are many instances in this story of characters justifying immoral actions to themselves. How does Demetrio Macias justify his burning of Don Monico's house? How does Luis Cervantes justify his stealing the diamonds? How do the soldiers justify taking the possessions of the villagers and townspeople where they travel? Use these and other examples to explain the process by which immoral actions are declared by the actors to be morally correct.

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