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

2. Why are the rebels going to Aguascalientes?

3. How does Anastasio tell the time?

4. What does War Paint tell Camila Demetrio Macias plans to do?

5. What refrain from the song does Demetrio Macias repeat again and again?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Margarito's self-hatred explodes when he shoots his own image in the mirror, and then later when he actually commits suicide. Are there other instances of foreshadowing in this story, when the conclusion of events is presaged by a symbolic or similar event? In your essay, show examples of foreshadowing in the plot of this story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The meanings of different words in translation can greatly affect the connotations delivered. "Los de Abajo," the title of this book, for instance, literally means, "Those from Beneath." Is there a difference between that and "The Underdogs"? If so, what is it? "Huero," translated here as "Towhead," is also used for those who are light-skinned, not just those who are blond. "La Pintada" could be translated as "She Who Wears Makeup." Do different translations make a difference to the reader? Using the internet, look up such words as "curro" and "cacique." Are their translations useful? Easy to understand? Accurate? Why do you think the translator chose to leave those two words in Spanish? In your essay, discuss the importance of the translator in conveying the right understanding of the story.

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