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. Who does Roberto mention as being gone at the moment?

2. Why did Gerardo lie to Paulina about the commission position?

3. Where does Paulina find Roberto's keys?

4. Who is knocking at the door?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roberto ask about concerning the car?

2. What do Gerardo and Paulina do when Schubert's Death and the Maiden begins?

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

4. What does Roberto see when he awakes?

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

6. How and when was Paulina arrested and what was she too afraid to do?

7. Where does the last Scene open?

8. When and under what circumstances did Paulina meet Dr. Miranda?

9. What does Paulina say to Roberto about breakfast?

10. What does Gerardo do when Roberto says Gerardo didn't protect his wife from rape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paulina still wants to know how many times Gerardo slept with the other woman. He finally admits to doing so a total of five times. He asks if she truly wants them to torture each other in this way.

1. Why do you think Paulina would try to get a specific number out of Gerardo?

2. What do you think of Gerardo's character after finding out he was with another woman while she was being tortured? Why?

3. Do you think it was easier or more difficult for Paulina to forgive her husband for being with another woman because she was in prison? Would it have been more difficult, do you think, if she had been at home? 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

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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