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 does Demetrio Macias order his men to do when they enter the Sierra?

2. How many men have the rebels recruited in a week?

3. Why is Demetrio Macias in a bad mood after their skirmish in Jalisco?

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

5. What does Demetrio Macias promise Luis Cervantes if he brings his love to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the character of Margarito?

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

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

This book is notable for the amount of information given in the foreword, introduction, chronology of the revolution, chronology of Azuela's life, and notes at the end. In your essay, discuss the importance of this supplemental information. Why was so much included? What help does it provide a reader?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways do the rebels become increasingly like those they are fighting against? Consider such statements as "No more dandies. We're the dandies now," and "Cacique Demetrio Macias."

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