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 many men have the rebels recruited in a week?

2. What is Quail's response to learning of the great defeat?

3. Why are the rebels going to Aguascalientes?

4. What does Luis Cervantes offer to Demetrio Macias?

5. What surprising news do the captured men give Demetrio Macias?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the members of Demetrio Macias' staff all smile in a sinister way when he tells them they are stopping to have lunch with his old friend Don Monico?

2. How does Demetrio Macias describe his relationships with women?

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

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

5. What did Demetrio Macias think about on the last night of his life?

6. What is the difference between the way Margarito appears to Camila and the way he seems to War Paint?

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

8. How does War Paint try to help Camila and the young girl Luis Cervantes claims as a girlfriend?

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

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

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

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 3

What role does drinking alcohol play in this story? Are the characters different when they are drinking than when they are not? Using examples from the book, discuss the effect of alcohol on the characters and on the outcome of events.

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