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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The heroine of “You or No One” is said to have endured “all kinds of hardships of the heart, separation and betrayal,” but she keeps doing what “because that is the most important thing”?
(a) Loving
(b) Thinking
(c) Breathing
(d) Praying

2. How does the narrator describe Cleofilas’ brothers in the beginning of the story?
(a) Clumsy
(b) Whimsical
(c) Ignorant
(d) Frantic

3. The creek that runs behind Cleofilas’ house in America is called what in Spanish?
(a) Mala suerte
(b) Mi querida
(c) La Gritona
(d) Que vida

4. Cleofilas makes the discovery in “Woman Hollering Creek” that the only love that endures is what?
(a) The love between a person and themselves
(b) The love between boy and girl
(c) The love between God and man
(d) The love between parent and child

5. Juan Pedro wants to marry Cleofilas right away for what reason?
(a) He can’t take much time off work
(b) His father insists he marry or he will be disinherited
(c) She is pregnant
(d) They have had a baby

Short Answer Questions

1. Seguin, Texas is located in what county?

2. How many sons did Dolores lose in the last war?

3. As Cleofilas sits by the creek with her son in the beginning of the story, she thinks “How when a man and a woman love each other, sometimes that love” does what?

4. What does Cleofilas’ father say to her “in the hubbub of parting” in the beginning of the story?

5. What is Graciela’s position in “Woman Hollering Creek”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does La Llorona represent symbolically and thematically in “Woman Hollering Creek”?

2. How does Juan Pedro behave toward Cleofilas after he has beaten her for the first time? What is Cleofilas’ response?

3. What is significant about the names “Felice,” “Graciela,” and “Cleofilas” in the story? What meanings do these names have?

4. Describe the narrative style of “Woman Hollering Creek.” How does the language in the story reinforce its themes?

5. Where does Cleofilas find and develop strength in order to pursue her escape in the story?

6. How does Cleofilas compare romantic love to the love between parent and child?

7. How does the narrative style of the story transition with the introduction of Graciela’s character?

8. What does Cleofilas consider about her name in comparison with the characters from the telenovelas?

9. What is foreshadowed by Don Serafin’s thoughts in the beginning of “Woman Hollering Creek”? How does he express his thoughts?

10. How does Cleofilas compare Juan Pedro to the male stars of the telenovelas?

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