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. Why does Senora Remigia have little food for Demetrio Macias' men?

2. What unanswerable question does Demetrio Macias ask Luis Cervantes?

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

4. How does Crispin Robles recruit men to fight with him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the Sierra?

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

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

4. Describe the character of Demetrio Macias' wife.

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

6. How is Luis Cervantes greeted when he first comes to the rebel camp?

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

8. Why is Luis Cervantes annoyed by Camila?

9. How do the rebels refer to each other?

10. Why is Alberto Solis surprised to see Luis Cervantes in Zacatecas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the information given in the foreword, write an essay explaining the progress of the revolution. What happened after the defeat of Huerta? Where does this story fit into the time line of the revolution? How much time is covered during this story?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In the story, much is made of Luis Cervantes' ability to read, write, and deliver speeches. What differences does his education make to him? To those around him? How does it affect the outcome of his life?

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