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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. At what age does a Latina come out?
2. What happens after Magda hears Senora Francisca yelling?
3. What country is Magda's grandfather from?
4. How does Lilita make a living?
5. Why are the women fearful for the American woman?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to the letters from Jaime and Marco, what is happening in Uruguay?
2. Why does Wentworth have Emilia arrested?
3. What makes Cora so unique in the eyes of Magda and Emilia?
4. What realization does Magda make that has her joining the Tupamaros?
5. Who is Che Guevara?
6. What is scandalous about una casa de cita in Chapter 3?
7. How does Senora Francisca plan to support herself and her daughters? Why does she take this action?
8. What is significant about Gabriela reading palms?
9. Describe Magda's hometown.
10. Why would Gabriela say that Marco will be a hard person to love?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Despite the characters' search for love, this novel is not about romance. The author uses romance and true love against the backdrop of the revolution to highlight the true atrocities of that the Uruguayan government commits. Discuss how one story enhances the other.
Part 1) Focus on one particular aspect (for example, Marco and Magda, Cora and Ramiro, etc.).
Part 2) How do the revolution and the corrupt government make the couplings possible?
Part 3) Why add any romantic subplot at all? How does it enhance the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following topics to write about:
1) Magda's multicultural barrio.
2) Magda's conflicts with her family.
3) Magda's realization that her family is part of the problem with the country.
Essay Topic 3
Magda and Emilia are best friends. Despite their differences, they try to help and protect each other as best as they can, even if it does not always end up well.
Part 1) Compare and contrast Magda and Emilia. What are their similarities? Their differences?
Part 2) How does Magda's desire to protect Emilia end up hurting both of the girls in the long run? How could these events have been avoided?
Part 3) Where are both of the girls at the end of the novel? How have they changed? How have they stayed the same? Are they still best friends? Why or why not?
This section contains 981 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)