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. For whom is Pilon digging for treasure?

2. How does Pilon get Joe's trousers back?

3. What do Pilon and Joe sneak into Morales's yard to get?

4. Why does Danny receive the sentence he does?

5. What is found during Pilon's treasure dig?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the paisanos follow the Pirate every morning?

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

3. Which woman is Danny interested in and what is the attraction?

4. How does Pilon try to convince the Pirate to come live in the house with the paisanos?

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

6. What happens to Jesus Maria and what inspiration does Pilon have for the pink bra?

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

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

9. How does Arabella Gross take advantage of Jesus Maria Corcoran?

10. Who is the protagonist of the story and how is he introduced in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the residents of Tortilla Flat live on the fringe of acceptable society, they take care of each other. What is the bond between the residents of Tortilla Flat that makes them want to help each other even when others won't? Is there a common denominator among the Tortilla Flat residents that they recognize themselves in each other? Explain some situations in the book where the Tortilla Flat residents exhibit humanity toward one another.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Torrelli. How does Lee conduct his business and his life? Why is he such an important figure in Tortilla Flat? What does he represent to the other characters in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Danny. Begin with his physical characteristics and extend into his personality and behavioral traits. What is Danny's role in Tortilla Flat? What is it about Danny that everybody wants to do something nice for him?

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