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. How do the rebels entertain themselves in the afternoon?

2. What does Margarito do to the villager?

3. Whom does War Paint turn to for defense?

4. What does Luis Cervantes offer to Demetrio Macias?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the translator's use of diction in this story. In attempting to recreate a casual form of Spanish, the translator has written in a dialect that includes many contractions and shortened forms of words. Use examples in your essay as you discuss the following question: Is this successful in making the characters sound like uneducated country people? Why or why not?

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

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.

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