Death and the Maiden 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 do the two men jest about as they say goodnight.

2. What happens to Gerardo's car?

3. What has Roberto heard?

4. What would be an accurate word to describe Paulina's past?

5. What is the occupation of the person in the answer to question #78?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Paulina and Gerardo have had dinner the night he caught a ride home?

2. What does Gerardo tell Paulina was missing from his car and what does she say?

3. What does Paulina say to Gerardo's wanting Roberto to explain his side?

4. What does Paulina say when Gerardo asks if she wants him to leave her?

5. What does Paulina pretend when Gerardo comes to bed and how does Gerardo respond?

6. What does Roberto tell Gerardo about his stopping at their house?

7. What does Paulina hear while she is hiding?

8. What does Paulina get when she comes on the stage in Scene 3?

9. What kind of position has Gerardo been offered and what does he say about it?

10. What does Roberto think of Gerardo acting nice and Paulina acting mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paulina has said she wants Gerardo to defend the truth on the Investigating Commission.

1. What do you think she meant by this statement? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

2. Do you think Paulina believes Gerardo is too weak to insist on the truth if she isn't pushing him? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the truth should be more important to Gerardo than it is? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Paulina pretends that Gerardo has awakened her when he tells her that Roberto is staying the night, comforts her fear and asks her to make them breakfast in the morning.

1. Why do you think Paulina has pretended to be asleep?

2. Why do you think Paulina is afraid of strangers and do you think there is any way for her to overcome her fear?

Essay Topic 3

Paulina finally speaks, and her first monologue presents the full force of her hatred for the man calling himself Roberto Miranda.

1. Do you believe if someone carries hatred inside it is harmful to that person? Why or why not?

2. There have been persons in history who have been done great wrong and forgiven their oppressors. Do you think you could do that? Why or why not?

3. In what ways do you think Paulina's hatred could blind her to the possibility that Roberto is not the man who tortured her?

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