The Underdogs a Novel of the Mexican Revolution Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Demetrio Macias offer to do if Margarito will join him?

2. Why does Valderrama protest Demetrio Macias' order?

3. Why does War Paint leave the celebratory banquet?

4. Who is wooing War Paint?

5. With what does War Paint threaten Camila?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the personalities of the two main female characters, War Paint and Camila, in this story. How are they like one another? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

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."

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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