Tortilla Flat Test | Mid-Book 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. With what sweet treat does Pilon attempt to be friendly with the Pirate?

2. From whom does Danny get his inheritance?

3. How did the person in #26 get money for wine?

4. What does the Pirate sell every day?

5. Where has Danny just returned from as the novel opens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reason for Danny's becoming drunk and disorderly and what is his sentence?

2. Where does Pilon actually move and who does he invite to move in with him?

3. What does the town of Tortilla Flat seem to thrive on and how do the paisanos feel about Danny's love interest?

4. How does Jesus Maria Corcoran become the next tenant in the second house?

5. What is the source of the house fire and what lesson do the men learn from it?

6. Describe how Pilon and Joe dig for their treasure and what do they find?

7. Why does Pilon think he will find the treasure in the St. Andrew's Eve dig?

8. What is the condition of Danny's house and how much rent is it agreed that Pilon will pay?

9. What do the paisanos learn is in the Pirates' canvas bag and what is done with the bag at the house?

10. What does Pilon explain about keeping the treasures one finds in a St. Andrew's Eve dig?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of spirituality. Identify at least two examples about spirituality in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of spirituality.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Pirate. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating the Pirate's character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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