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 Camila tell Demetrio Macias about Margarito?

2. What does a village man try to do to save the books from being burned?

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

4. Who fights over Margarito's treatment of the villager?

5. What does Luis Cervantes present to Demetrio Macias at the banquet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the character of Margarito?

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

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

What ironies do you see in this story? For instance, is it ironic that those who are fighting for the rights of the poor end up stealing from the poor and often killing them? Irony occurs whenever the result is unexpected. In your essay, discuss the use of irony in this story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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