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 moves Luis Cervantes to change sides in the conflict?

2. Why do the neighbor women come to borrow from Senora Remigia?

3. To what does Luis Cervantes' old acquaintance compare the men in the revolution?

4. What does Venancio want to do when the war is over?

5. What does the news from the capital say about Huerta?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Quail object to Pancracio killing the Federal officer?

2. Why does Luis Cervantes begin to suspect that he has made another mistake?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How do the rebels refer to each other?

7. Why is Luis Cervantes annoyed by Camila?

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

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

10. How do the rebels refer to their opponents and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Very near the end of the story, a "poet" named Valderrama appears mysteriously and then disappears. In your essay, discuss this literary device. What brings Valderrama into the group of rebels? What causes him to leave? What purpose does he serve for the author?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways do the rebels become increasingly like those they are fighting against? Consider such statements as "No more dandies. We're the dandies now," and "Cacique Demetrio Macias."

Essay Topic 3

What role does drinking alcohol play in this story? Are the characters different when they are drinking than when they are not? Using examples from the book, discuss the effect of alcohol on the characters and on the outcome of events.

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