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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 does Magda feel about her American family?
2. What is the reaction of the Perez brothers as the woman walks by?
3. What is the ethnicity of Magda's barrio?
4. What happens during the speech?
5. What makes Cora mysterious to Magda and Emilia?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is piropos?
2. Why do the aunts criticize the American woman in their neighborhood?
3. What is Marco's role in the government and with the Tupas? Explain.
4. Why does Senor Ruben's mistress come to see Senora Francisca?
5. According to the letters from Jaime and Marco, what is happening in Uruguay?
6. Why is Cora able to go to the zoo with Magda and Emilia?
7. What is the moral of Josefa's story and how is this known?
8. How are the twins supposed to date boys?
9. What marks Senor Ruben as respectable in the eyes of the community?
10. What is Magda's mood at the end of Chapter 5 and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mr. and Mrs. Allenberg fear that their daughter will face persecution for her religion as they did in Europe during World War II. Discuss the author's method of introducing the most infamous genocide in history to the story that takes place in Uruguay. Be sure to discuss the following points:
1) The similarities between the Uruguayan government and the regime that persecuted the Jewish people.
2) What the aim of each government is in their actions.
3) The willingness or unwillingness of other citizens to let the persecution continue.
Essay Topic 2
This novel draws a lot of inspiration from true events and even brings in historical characters. Discuss the use of historical characters in this novel (Geoffrey Jackson, Dan Mitrione and Che Guevara). What do these real-life men add to the fictional novel? Does it seem likely that Magda would be involved with each one of them? Why or why not? What is the author's reasoning in drawing in real-life people to a fictional story? Cite specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
While in America, Magda is surprised to discover that her American sister, Janet, is very trusting and passive of her government. Write an essay on the following parts:
Part 1) Compare and contrast Magda's experiences with the Uruguayan government and her thoughts on the American government with Janet's beliefs.
Part 2) Analyze how each girl feels about the other's beliefs.
Part 3) Discuss what happens that changes Janet's mind about trusting the government completely.
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