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 question does Mamasita ask Magda?

2. How does Cora signal the girls in Chapter 7?

3. What does the mysterious woman reveal to Senora Francisca?

4. Who invites Magda, Cora and Emilia over to watch a movie?

5. Who else does Magda believe visits Senora Francisca at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Wentworth have Emilia arrested?

2. How are the twins supposed to date boys?

3. What happens during Carnival that helps Magda deal with her assault?

4. What marks Senor Ruben as respectable in the eyes of the community?

5. What realization does Magda make that has her joining the Tupamaros?

6. Why would Gabriela say that Marco will be a hard person to love?

7. Ultimately, what are the fates of Magda and Marco at the end of this novel?

8. What is significant about Senora Francisca having a bare house?

9. What is piropos?

10. Why does Mamacita bring Magda to her home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Senora Francisca makes the observation that the Tupamaros need to either become completely peaceful or a completely terrorist organization. Emilia, after her imprisonment, accuses her mother and Magda of using her for the Tupamaros as much as the government uses people, an accusation that rings deep. In this essay, discuss the statements of Emilia and Senora Francisca and how they relate to the government. A good way to develop a thesis statement would be to compare and contrast the government to the Tupamaros.

Essay Topic 2

This novel gives a strong sense of the Uruguayan culture as it was during the revolution of the '60s. Discuss what you have learned about the culture from this novel, citing specific examples. Be sure to include the following:

1) Carnival.

2) Fiesta de quince.

3) Piropos.

4) Religion.

5) Class differences.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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