Vocabulary, study questions, and chapter summary of Chapter Eight for Julia Alvarez's "Before We Were Free.
At the begining of Chapter 7, Lucinda leaves for the United States, and Papi takes Sam, Mundin, and Anita to school - for the last time. Mrs. Brown announces that the American School is closing its doors because so many students have withdrawn. Anita sinks into depression, and her family starts to worry about her and her lack of talking.
Every night, Anita continues to hear the men on her patio discuss secretive things, and more and more people are getting arrested and wearing black in protest of the government.
During the day, Anita goes to the Mancini's for school lessons. One day, Mr. Washburn takes the kids to their lesson and gets into a fender bender that causes the trunk to open - exposing the ammunition he's transporting. The policeman lets him pass anyway and does not expose the possible plot on Trujillo's life.
The plot fails. Pupo, the leader of the Army, never declares independence, so although Trujillo is assassinated, his people still have control of the government. The dissidents' and their families' lives are in danger, including Tio Toni and Papi.