46 pages 1 hour read

Nilo Cruz

Anna In The Tropics

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 2003

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Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. In what activity are Santiago and Cheché participating at the beginning of the play?

2. What do Ofelia and Conchita believe are the most important attributes of the arriving visitor?

3. Why does Santiago ask Cheché to lift up his foot?

4. What is the first book that Juan Julian selects to read?

5. What is Juan Julian’s nickname?

6. According to Ofelia’s mother, what are the “two women” that men marry?

7. Which two novels does Ofelia reference in her example of literature that cigar workers can recite?

8. What does Ofelia say is the only working part on Santiago’s body?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Who are the women waiting for? What will this person’s role be?

2. How does Marela feel about the new arrival? What action indicates the intensity of her emotions?

3. Describe Cheché’s relation to the family as well as the factory. Why does Juan Julian believe that Cheché dislikes him?

4. What does Cheché tell Ofelia regarding the previous night’s cockfight? How does Ofelia respond?