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 happens to many students when the military was in control of the country?

2. Who invites the person in the car in for a drink?

3. What does Paulina stuff in Roberto's mouth.

4. How does Paulina feel when she hears Death and the Maiden at a friend's house?

5. What does Roberto probably believe about the commission?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Paulina tell Roberto she is going to kill him even though he has confessed?

3. What has happened to Roberto by midday and what has Paulina revealed?

4. Where does the last Scene open?

5. What does Roberto ask about concerning the car?

6. Why does Gerardo plead with Roberto to confess?

7. What does Gerardo first do when he gets home?

8. What does Paulina say to Roberto about breakfast?

9. What does Roberto say about Paulina to Gerardo and how does Gerardo respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roberto asserts that Gerardo's wife needs psychiatric treatment. Gerardo assures him that he is her treatment.

1. Based on what you've seen thus far of Paulina's actions, do you think she needs psychiatric treatment? Why or why not?

2. Do you think needs psychiatric treatment would be beneficial to anyone who has undergone torture? Why or why not?

3. Do you think a husband should be trying to act as his wife's psychiatrist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

We get a glimpse into the depths of Roberto's character, as his anger begins to show in Act 2, Scene 1.

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

2. Considering how Roberto is acting do you think he is guilty? Why or why not?

3. If Roberto was innocent, do you think it would be natural for him to be angry? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Act 1, Scene 3, is an extremely brief scene without dialog, written all in stage directions. The stage is darker still, when a cloud has passed over the moon.

1. Why do you think a writer would have a scene without dialog? Use examples to support your answer.

2. What symbolism do you see in the darkness of the stage? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

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