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. Why does Luis Cervantes object to the looting?

2. What does Margarito call himself when he realizes he has accidentally killed his prisoner?

3. What does Luis Cervantes steal from a desk the rebels break into?

4. What does Demetrio Macias do to the young recruit who tries to enter Don Monico's house?

5. Who takes Luis Cervantes' girlfriend for the night?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What dream of Venancio's is quashed by Luis Cervantes?

3. What does Luis Cervantes suggest that they do with their stolen money?

4. Why does Anastasio think they should be able to quit fighting?

5. Why is the crowd of villagers surprised at Demetrio Macias' behavior at Don Monico's house?

6. What attitude does War Paint take toward Camila when Luis Cervantes brings her to camp for Demetrio Macias?

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

8. What lesson does Demetrio Macias tell Camila he has learned by watching Pifanio, the crippled man?

9. What is the character of Margarito?

10. Why does Valderrama think the men of the Sierra should be treated differently than the townspeople they have killed and robbed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What do you think the author's purpose was in writing this story? Does it have relevance to readers almost a century later? If there is a moral to the story, what is it? In your essay, discuss what you believe the author's overarching reason for writing this book would be and whether it is of value today.

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