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 the author say that alcohol was to the rebels in their celebration?

2. How does Luis Cervantes come to feel about the rebel cause after his experience with the federal army?

3. Why had Don Monico come to arrest Demetrio Macias?

4. Why does Demetrio Macias send his wife away?

5. What effect does Camila's speech have on Luis Cervantes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did General Natera react to Demetrio Macias' arrival in Zacatecas?

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

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

6. The author uses the words "gold" or "golden" several times in his description of the Sierra. What symbolism might there be in calling the calf they are preparing to eat "golden?"

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 kindness from a village girl impresses Demetrio Macias?

9. How does Luis Cervantes justify stealing money from the people?

10. What point of honor did Luis Cervantes lose when chastising Demetrio Macias for looting private homes?

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

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 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."

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