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 does Roberto wish would happen to the people the commission ferrets out?

2. From where has Paulina phoned the garage?

3. How does Gerardo respond to the offer of the appointment?

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

5. How does Paulina feel about the possibility of these people going to trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Paulina do when she comes inside the first time from talking to Gerardo on the terrace?

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

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

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

6. What does Gerardo say when Paulina asks who was in the car?

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

8. What does Roberto see when he awakes?

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

10. What does Roberto finally say is his real purpose for stopping?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Gerardo looks at Paulina, who does not return the look, takes her hand and looks forward.

1. What do you think this behavior of Gerardo means?

2. What might be symbolically significant that Gerardo is looking forward and Paulina is looking at Roberto?

3. Does this part of the last scene seem to imply to you that Paulina still has not healed? 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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