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Chronicle of a Death Foretold short answer questions
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What two significant events are mentioned in the first sentence of the novel?
It was the day Santiago was going to be murdered and the bishop was coming to town.
How many years have passed since Santiago Nasar's death? Why does it take him so long to investigate?
27 years; perhaps now was a more appropriate time to question and investigate the murder.
Briefly summarize Santiago's dream the morning of his death. What does his mother believe dreams about birds indicate?
He was going through timber trees until he was spattered with bird shit; Birds meant good health
What is Santiago's mother's name? What is she well known for?
Placida Linero, known for interpreting peoples' dreams
What is Divine Face? What does Santiago do there?
The ranch that Santiago inherited, he was a falconer
Why does Santiago's mother blame herself for his death?
She misinterpreted his dream & shut the door on him
Who are Victoria Guzman and Divina Flor? How does Victoria feel about Santiago? What do you think his reaction to Divina indicates?
They are the maids of the Nasar home; mother and daughter. Victoria hates him, and his actions toward Divina indicate that she will be what Victoria was to his father.
What is the Fatal Door? Why is this door important to the plot?
It is the door he leaves the day of his death, but he usually never leaves through the door.
How do Victoria and Divina learn about the murder plot? Why don't they warn Santiago? What does Divina do in a futile attempt to help him? What do you think this indicates about her?
A beggar told them of the murder.
Victoria hates Santiago, Divina is too scared.
Divina leaves the doors unbarred.
She still cares for his life, despite his actions.
What does an unidentified person do in attempt to warn Santiago? Why does this fail?
They slipped a note under the door, but no one saw it.
Identify the two men who plan to kill Santiago. How does the narrator feel about them?
Pablo and Pedro Vicario, he thought they were honorable and their families knew each other
Identify the characters and explain their interaction with Santiago on the day of his death: Margot, Cristo Bedoya, Don Lazaro Aponte, Father Carmen Amador.
Margot sees him the morning of, invites him to breakfast.
Cristo Bedoya attempts to warn Santiago.
Don Lazaro Aponte does nothing, likes dominoes
Father forgets to warn Santiago of his impending murder
Why does the narrator find it strange that his sister Margot does not know about the plot to murder Santiago? How does Margot feel about Santiago?
She was with him the morning of his murder, in the middle of town. Margot thinks he is a catch.
Why does Angela Vicario get returned home the night of her wedding?
Because she wasn't a virgin. (She be lyin'.)
Who is Luisa Santiaga and what is her connection to Santiago and the Vicario family?
The narrator's mother; she is Santiago's godmother and is the cousin of Purisma(?)
What does Luisa do when she learns of the death threat?
Go to the Nasar home to warn him.
What news reaches Luisa before she gets to Santiago's home?
Identify and briefly describe the man who returns his bride.
Bayardo San Roman - The man who marries Angela Vicario. He comes from a wealthy and prestigious family.
Briefly explain the conflicting reaction of Luisa Santiaga to Bayardo.
At first she thinks that he is a fine man, but later calls him something along the lines of "a devil"
Where do Bayardo and Angela first meet? What is his first gift to her? What does she do with it?
The town, when he literally just stares at her like a creep and says "I'm going to marry her"; a music box (?); she tries to give it back
How does Angela initially react to Bayardo?
What a super conceited guy, I don't want to marry him
Who are Angela's parents? What are their sons and their daughters brought up to be?
Poncio and Purisma; sons become men and daughters become wives
Why does Angela's mother believe her daughters will be good wives?
Because they have struggled and worked hard
Describe Bayardo's family
Flashy and rich
How does Angela feel about marrying Bayardo? How does her mother respond?
She doesn't want anything to do with him, but her mom thinks she can learn to love him and when will she ever get the chance to marry someone like him?
Whose house does Bayardo purchase? Why and how does he convince the seller?
Xius; Angela thought it was the prettiest home, and he pays him with A LOT of money
What concern troubles Angela about her wedding? Who advises her?
She is a virgin; her friends
Why does Angela refuse to dress as a bride until Bayardo appears?
She didn't want to be abandoned when dressed up
Why does the narrator have trouble believing Santiago is guilty of taking Angela's virginity?
Angela and Santiago had never been seen interacting with each other
To whom does the narrator propose at the wedding? How many years pass before he marries her?
Mercedes Barcha; 14
What does Bayardo say to Angela's mother when he returns her?
Thank you mother, you've been a saint.
What does Angela's mother do to her?
Who demands the name of the man? Angela says?
Pablo and Pedro Vicario; Santiago
What is the lawyer's defense for the Vicario twins? What adds credence to the defense?
Honor and faith; they turned themselves in
How long are the brothers in jail awaiting trial? Why are they there for so long?
3; they couldn't afford bail
Where do the twins initially wait for Santiago? What do they give as the reason?
Clotilde Armenta's place; "It was the only place open"; However, they knew everyone but Santiago would show up
Why do the twins go to the pigsty? Where do they go next?
To get knives; went to the meat market to sharpen the knives
To whom do the twins first announce their intention to kill Santiago? How do they react?
Everyone; they all believe it is either drunkard's talk or someone else will do something
Identify the following characters and talk about their reaction towards the Vicarios' plan: Leandro Pornoy, Clotilde Armenta, Don Rogelio de la Flor, Colonel Aponte
1. Policeman; reported it to the Colonel
2. Shop owner, sent the milk beggar
3. Doesn't believe it
4. Takes away the knives and leaves it at that
How many people do the Vicarios tell about their plan? Why do you think no one tells Santiago?
The whole town (almost); bystander effect, it's just drunkards' talk, high social status
Who tries to warn Santiago? How does she do so?
Clotilde; sends a milk beggar to warn him
How do the twins compensate for the loss of their knives?
Get more knives from their butcher friend
Which of the Vicario twins has served in the military?
Which of the brothers makes the initial decision to kill Santiago? How and why do the brothers' roles in the murder plot reverse?
Pedro; Pablo says that they must go completely through with the murder in order to get their honor back, but Pedro did not after their knives were taken
Who is Prudencia Cotes? How does she feel about the impending murder of Santiago?
The wife of Pablo; she said that she would not have married him if he did not go through with the murder
Identify María Alejandrina Cervantes and explain her importance to the narrator and Santiago. When comparing Santiago and María to a falcon and crane, who is who?
An elegant prostitute (SparkNotes, not me) who gave comfort to the two men; María is the crane and Santiago is the Falcon
What do Santiago, the narrator, and the musicians do on Bayardo and Angela's wedding night? Why is this irony?
They sing and congratulate them, but the couple has broken up and Angela is returned
Explain how these characters "fail" Santiago: Victoria Guzman, Luis Enrique, Father Amador
Doesn't warn him of the murder; knows of the murder but was too drunk; guts him in his autopsy
Who tells Luis Enrique about the murder?
The Vicario twins
Who performs the autopsy on Santiago? Why does he do so?
Father Amador, he has some medical training and the mayor tells him to
Where is Santiago's body taken right after the murder?
How many fatal wounds does the autopsy reveal? What does the autopsy report give as the cause of death?
7; massive hemorrhage
Why does the narrator call the autopsy a massacre?
Santiago's body was torn apart
How do the following characters cope with the aftermath of the death and autopsy: Colonel Aponte, the narrator, and Maria?
Colonel Aponte became a vegetarian/spiritualist
The narrator went to Maria
Maria ate lots and lots of food
What might Santiago's "smell" symbolize? How do the Vicario twins attempt to eliminate the smell?
The guilt and shame of the town; they try to wash it away from their bodies
Why does the mayor take the twins to his home after the murder?
To make sure no one tries to kill them
What physical symptoms does fear produce in the twins? Who gives them a remedy for their symptoms?
Constipation, urination problems, loss of sleep, etc. Susana Abdala
What happens to the rest of the Vicario family after the murder?
The whole family left
Whom do most of the people conclude is the only victim of all that has happened? Why?
Santiago because he almost drinks himself to death and they only remember him as a victim
What happens to Bayardo?
His family takes his body out of the house, can't tell whether he's dead or not
What happens to Bayardo's house and car?
They begin to rot and break apart
What happens to Angela after her disgraceful marriage?
She becomes a strong, powerful woman
What information about her brief marriage does Angela refuse to divulge?
What happened the night of, and who took her virginity
Give two reasons Angela's plan to deceive Bayardo on their wedding night failed.
She did not realize Bayardo's resistance as a drinker and she carried hidden inside the stolidity her mother had imposed
Why does Angela cry when her mother is beating her?
Because she knows that the hits are for Bayardo, who she realizes actually wasn't that bad
What does Angela do when she realizes she loves Bayardo? How many years does she do this? What happens after this?
Writes him letters for 17 years; Bayardo eventually comes
What two passions does Angela discover are reciprocal?
Love and hate
Why do the villagers try to "give order" to the chain of events leading to Santiago's murder?
They feel none of them could go on living without an exact knowledge of the place and the mission assigned to them by fate
What do most people believe justifies their lack of intervention?
They did not know about the murder plan or felt that it was none of their business
What happens to the following characters after the murder: Cristo Bedoya, Flora Miguel, Don Rogelio de la Flor
Cristo Bedoya became a surgeon
Flora Miguel ran away with a lieutenant, was a prostitute
Don Rogelio died of shock
For what can Santiago's mother never forgive herself?
Misinterpreting Santiago's dream
What does the investigating magistrate conclude about the murder?
It was merely impossible, but it happened
How long does the trial last? What is the verdict?
3 days; idk
What does the narrator conclude about Santiago's death?
He died without understanding his death
Whom do the twins think is the right person to stop the crime without bringing any shame on them? Why does he fail?
Explain Yamil Shaium and Cristo Bedoya's attempts to prevent the murder
Yamil Shaium let Cristo know, who had the chance to warn Santiago, but was too late & thought that Santiago had decided to have breakfast at the narrator's house
Where does Santiago go while Cristo is looking for him?
To receive the bishop
Why does Santiago's fiancee reject him on the morning of his murder? What is her main concern?
He would be forced to marry Angela so she earns her honor back and she doesn't want to be humiliated
How does Santiago react to Flora's rage?
He was perplexed and dropped everything
What news does Nahir Miguel give Santiago? How does he react?
Someone wants to kill him; he gets even more confused and turns pale
What two options does Nahir suggest for Santiago? What does Santiago do?
He either hides there are goes out with his rifle; Santiago goes home
Who tries to stop Pedro and how so?
Clotilde Armenta grabbed Pedro by the shirt and shouted to Santiago
Who finally tells Santiago's mother about the death threat? Her reaction?
Victoria; she was calm
Give three details that demonstrate the brutality of the murder?
Santiago Nasar twisted after the third stab, his arms crossed over his stomach, let out the moan of a calf, and tried to turn his back on them, spurt of blood
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