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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 is the woman who comes to the barrio dressed?
2. What does Magda's boyfriend hope to get from dating her?
3. What is Lilita's goal for her daughter?
4. Why are the women fearful for the American woman?
5. What special treat does Magda lie about having for breakfast?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Montevideo described in Chapter 2?
2. Why does Wentworth have Emilia arrested?
3. Ultimately, what are the fates of Magda and Marco at the end of this novel?
4. What is Marco's role in the government and with the Tupas? Explain.
5. Why is Gabriela murdered?
6. Describe Magda and Emilia's fishing spot.
7. What realization does Magda make that has her joining the Tupamaros?
8. What is Emilia's reaction to hearing her mother speak of the revolution, and why?
9. How did Magda's town get its name?
10. What happens during Carnival that helps Magda deal with her assault?
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
In this essay, discuss the fates of Magda and her friends by the end of the novel. What has been the meaning of all the fighting? Does it appear that Magda and Marco have finally won what they are fighting for? The characters to be discussed are:
What is the author trying to say by having so many people come to a bad end?
Essay Topic 3
A recurring symbol in this novel is stars. Write an essay explaining the author's use of stars and how it relates to the overall story. Be sure to develop a strong thesis statement and cite specific examples from the the text to support the thesis. Be sure to consider the poinsettia tree, the estrella federal, and even the star on the communist flag. Explore how this relates to the government and to the characters.
This section contains 1,054 words
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