The Tree of Red Stars 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. What did the families of Magda's grandparents attempt?

2. Why is Senora Francisca not friendly with the other women?

3. According to the women in Magda's family, who is visiting Uruguay?

4. What is always in view of the girls?

5. When she discovers Magda and Emilia in her wagon, what does Gabriela fear?

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. Why is Marco unhappy that Magda wants to see Che speak?

4. How has Gabriela changed in the years since Magda has visited her house? How has she stayed the same?

5. Why is Gabriela murdered?

6. What is piropos?

7. How are Magda and Emilia finally able to visit Cora's house?

8. What is Magda's assignment with the Tupas after the work she did on the British ambassador?

9. What does Magda realize about Dan Mitrione?:

10. Describe the story Josefa tells Magda.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Pick one of the following topics to write about:

1) The use of religion in the story.

2) The desire of the younger people to go the United States.

3) The transition of the Tupamaros into a more violent organization.

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