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 do the captive Sierra men refuse to answer Demetrio Macias' questions about where they are coming from?

2. Who does War Paint say is the only person who can kill her?

3. What does Margarito do when the waiter can't fill his order?

4. What does the poor villager complain that Demetrio Macias' men have done to him?

5. Why is Luis Cervantes negotiating with Quail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does War Paint tell Camila that makes the younger girl cry?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Margarito say happens to Luis Cervantes' girlfriends?

10. Why is Demetrio Macias demoralized by their attempt to fight the Orozquistas?

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

The character of Luis Cervantes is greatly changed during the course of the story. Using quotations and events from the book, show how he was when he joined the rebels and what changes had taken place in him by the end of the book.

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