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 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

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

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 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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