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 has been offered to past political criminals?

2. What kind of sandwich does Paulina offer Roberto?

3. What happens to Gerardo's car?

4. Why is the stage lighting the way it was?

5. What does Paulina do with the keys?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gerardo say Paulina remembers about her torture and how does Roberto respond?

2. What does Roberto see when he awakes?

3. Where does the last Scene open?

4. Why does Gerardo plead with Roberto to confess?

5. What does Gerardo do when he sees Roberto and what does Paulina do?

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

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

8. What does Paulina do after she locks her husband in their room?

9. Where does Paulina go after she picks up some items from a drawer?

10. What is the purpose of the commission the government is forming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paulina works herself into an excited fervor over the prospect of these individuals being punished or executed.

1. What do you think is the difference between revenge and justice? Use examples from the play and/or your life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Paulina's excitement is due to wanting revenge or wanting justice? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

This is another powerful scene where no dialogue, or at least no meaningful dialogue, is spoken.

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

2. Do you think that some emotions can be better portrayed with watching behavior rather than with words? Why or why not?

3. If you were to watch some students in your school without being able to hear their words, would you have a good idea of what they might be saying? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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