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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 is Paulina's general demeanor during this scene?

2. What does Gerardo offer Roberto?

3. What is the lighting of the stage in this scene?

4. Gerardo wife replies to Gerardo's accusation by saying what?

5. Who is the first character on the stage in this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gerardo plead with Roberto to confess?

2. What does Paulina get when she goes back in the spare bedroom?

3. What is Gerardo going to tell Paulina about what he thinks Roberto is going to do?

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

5. What does Paulina tell Gerardo about Roberto and what does he say?

6. Why does Paulina talk about coffee to Roberto?

7. What does the audience hear from the room where Paulina went?

8. What does Gerardo and Paulina talk about when they go outside?

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

10. What do Gerardo and Paulina do when the music ends?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

As Paulina pays for some candy at the concert, Roberto enters. According to the stage direction, he may be real, or just in Paulina's head.

1. Do you think Roberto is there or that Paulina killed him? Why or why not?

2. If Paulina killed him, why do you think she would see him at a concert that played Schubert's Death and the Maiden?

3. Do you think it is more likely that Roberto is at the concert or that Paulina is insane? Explain your answer.

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

The fact that this scene is set just before dawn could be symbolic of the dawn of realization that Roberto is not exempt from retaliation for his past deeds.

1. Why do you think the dawn could symbolize justice for Roberto?

2. At this point in the play Paulina is convinced Roberto is guilty, though Gerardo is not. As a reader do you believe Paulina's assertion? Why or why not?

3. If dawn might symbolize justice, could it also symbolize bringing the past to light? Why or why not?

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