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. How does Demetrio Macias plan to learn Luis Cervantes' true intentions?

2. According to Demetrio Macias, who defeated all the federal soldiers in town with just a half dozen men?

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

4. What does Camila want Luis Cervantes to teach her?

5. What is a curro?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Luis Cervantes try to persuade Camila to go with Demetrio Macias?

2. How does the author describe the Sierra?

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

4. Why does Demetrio Macias not want to take any of the women he admires into the towns they visit?

5. Why is Luis Cervantes annoyed by Camila?

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why does Luis Cervantes say he has come to join Demetrio Macias?

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

What ironies do you see in this story? For instance, is it ironic that those who are fighting for the rights of the poor end up stealing from the poor and often killing them? Irony occurs whenever the result is unexpected. In your essay, discuss the use of irony in this story.

Essay Topic 2

Margarito's self-hatred explodes when he shoots his own image in the mirror, and then later when he actually commits suicide. Are there other instances of foreshadowing in this story, when the conclusion of events is presaged by a symbolic or similar event? In your essay, show examples of foreshadowing in the plot of this story.

Essay Topic 3

What do you think the author's purpose was in writing this story? Does it have relevance to readers almost a century later? If there is a moral to the story, what is it? In your essay, discuss what you believe the author's overarching reason for writing this book would be and whether it is of value today.

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