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 does Camila do that wins the affection of Demetrio Macias?

2. Where does Demetrio Macias instruct his wife to go?

3. What news do the muleteers bring to the revolutionaries?

4. How many battles has the leader of the Federal soldiers fought?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Luis Cervantes react when Camila tells him that Demetrio Macias has been flirting with her?

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

4. How do the rebels refer to each other?

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

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

7. Why is Luis Cervantes annoyed by Camila?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Palomo, the dove, is a significant symbol in this story, as is the rock that Demetrio Macias throws and then watches as it falls inexorably to the bottom. In your essay, discuss some of the symbols and what they represent.

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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