The Underdogs a Novel of the Mexican Revolution Test | Final 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. How does Anastasio tell the time?

2. What does Margarito claim he has trained his prisoner to do?

3. Demetrio Macias says he dreams of ______________.

4. What injury does the waiter get from Margarito?

5. Why have Demetrio Macias' friends prepared a banquet in his honor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Anastasio think the kind of fighting they did when they killed the priest is worth it?

2. What was the second point of honor that Luis Cervantes loses?

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

4. What persuades Demetrio Macias' men that the deserters they encounter are telling the truth about Villa's defeat?

5. Why doesn't War Paint's plan to rescue Camila from Demetrio Macias succeed?

6. What painful memory crosses Demetrio Macias' mind as Don Monico pleads for mercy for his wife and children?

7. Why do the rebels feel justified in stealing goods from private homes and people?

8. Why does the poet Valderrama disappear from Demetrio Macias' group?

9. What lies do the women in Don Monico's house tell to protect themselves?

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

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

Discuss the status of women in this cultural setting. In what ways are they powerful? In what ways are they powerless? Use examples from the story to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

How did Azuela acquire his knowledge about the revolution? Was he a primary or a secondary source of information, and what difference does it make? In your essay, take a position for or against the importance of first-hand knowledge in writing historical fiction.

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