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 keeps Luis Cervantes from sleeping on his first night with Demetrio Macias' band?

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

3. What does Luis Cervantes tell Camila her future would be like with Demetrio Macias?

4. Why is Anastasio Montanes unafraid of bullets?

5. What is the name of Demetrio Macias' rancho?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened to Pancracio, Lard, and Margarito after Luis Cervantes left Mexico?

3. Why is the crowd of villagers surprised at Demetrio Macias' behavior at Don Monico's house?

4. How does the author describe the Sierra?

5. What kindness from a village girl impresses Demetrio Macias?

6. Describe the character of Demetrio Macias' wife.

7. What does Luis Cervantes insist that the band should do when he learns that Huerta is preparing a final defense in Zacatecas?

8. What lesson does Demetrio Macias tell Camila he has learned by watching Pifanio, the crippled man?

9. What does War Paint tell Camila that makes the younger girl cry?

10. How are the men of the rebel band promoted in military standing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book is notable for the amount of information given in the foreword, introduction, chronology of the revolution, chronology of Azuela's life, and notes at the end. In your essay, discuss the importance of this supplemental information. Why was so much included? What help does it provide a reader?

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

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.

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